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Rumors: Immediate Reaction to Potential Paul to Lakers Deal
Even newer update– Marc Stein: One source close to the three-team Chris Paul trade talks just told ESPN.com: “The deal is off.”
Reasons given are that the NBA pressured the Hornets not to deal Paul there.
New Update- Woj: NBA owners have pushed commissioner David Stern to kill the deal sending Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, sources tell Y! Sports. The NBA is now pushing New Orleans GM Dell Demps to pull the plug on the trade and keep Chris Paul.
From Marc Stein– ESPN CP3 trade latest: Trade with Lakers will NOT go through Friday and Chris Paul is expected in Hornets camp, according to sources. It was not immediately clear, sources said, if three-way trade involving Hornets, Lakers and Rockets is merely snagged or in jeopardy
Update (that for some reason didn’t post an hour + ago)- Major media outlets are saying this is a done deal with Houston as the third team. We’ll have details and analysis up as soon as it’s official. Hornets postponed the opening of training camp tomorrow, so it’s possibly we will see final resolution before then.
First off, two minutes before the news that the Lakers trade could be happening soon came out, I tweeted the following—“ Couldn’t it help Hornets if big source were to report that they are close to accepting LAL deal but will wait for final offers?”
I can’t help but think that’s a possibility here. Make it know that you WILL NOT WAIT. Put a big public deal that, a. isn’t as horrible as it’s made out to (assuming lots and lots of first round picks and a good chunkof Houston’s young talent are included), and b. Will create panic and fear in the hears of the other Western Conference lowballers (that’s you, Clips and Warriors) that the Lakers dynasty will never be toppled and that no matter they do they won’t be competing for 5+ years. Is that true? Not necessarily, but CP3 on LA is a scary thought. If you can prevent it and make your team better, you do it, even if you might have to give up slightly more than you want.
So I’m expecting that we see the best offers from Golden State and the Clippers (who curiously will reportedly sign Caron Butler for 3 years, 24 million) in the next day or two. Will they be better than the Lakers/Rockets offer? That’s tough to say since we don’t know the details of it, but we can assume that if they still have any interest in Paul, they will need to offer something besides expiring deals and marginal young talent.
At this point it seems like Demps doesn’t want to even head into camp with Paul on the roster. I assume that’s why he’s putting the screws to Paul’s suitors to put their best offer forward. This might even make the Lakers deal better in the end since they could get some competition in the end.
Well played, sir. Well played. Now let’s see if Demps closes out the chess match.
Why do people keep pointing out how much the Lakers gave up? That doesn't mean it was a good deal for the Hornets when you consider the best player in the deal after Paul by a mile is going to Houston.
I've a 3 way trade with the Hornets Rockets and Warriors The Hornets get Curry,Udoh and Biedrins from the Warriors and Scola,Dragic and Budinger of the Rockets The Rockets get Okafor & Jack The Warriors get CP3 Just a thought
So let's get this straight. 1. The owners, rather than making a better offer for Paul, whine to Stern so much he kills a deal (which is universally regarded as a good deal for thr Hornets) because Paul winds up in LA. 2. The owners, who didn't negociate playing field leveling terms with the players OR each other, killed this deal because they (now) worry about LA being too good. Where is Lewis Carroll wen we need him? We have gone 'through the looking glass'.
Thank you NBA! Anything that prevents the Lakers from getting better is good in my eyes. Not to mention this deal sucked for the Hornets anyways. Give me Gordon, Aminu, and that minny pick or curry and let's be on our way to rebuilding for a championship.
Cuban got together with the other owners to have Stern kill the deal. But wasn't Cuban trying to get Paul as well?
I don't understand if the league didn't want for the Hornets to trade Paul then why did they take the reins off of Demps?
Only Sh*t ! This is a great trade and NBA Blocks ? OMG =/ We have to replace Chris Paul. The trade is great ! It is best to do it than we get screwed as the Cavs.
It make great sense why deal with Scola age and horriable contract which is worst than Okafors i'm glad the trade failed.The NBA is doing us a favor they kinda want us to keep Paul don't you think
This makes no sense? Kill the trade because we take on salary? Are we not allowed to sign free agents either? Our guys are gonna be beat. Better not get hurt.
I still don't understand why everyone is so angry at this deal. 1) The Lakers GUT their team to get Paul. 2) I'm not so sure the Lakers will get Howard. I would take Brook Lopez+Marshon Brooks+1st Rounder over Bynum+Draft Picks. No-brainer for me. 3) We get two players who are almost all-star worthy, but aren't quite there, a sixth man of the year, a first round draft pick, and a quality backup PG. 4) I can already see us signing Glen Davis if this deal goes through... If we had enough salary space that is. I haven't checked this yet, I could be wrong. 5) We trade our pick+Knicks pick to grab someone like Austin Rivers and we're in business!
Louis Scola and Kevin Martin are too of the most over-rated players in the league. Kevin Martin is a one dimensional scroe who will score 24 points a game and give up 24 a game. Loius Scola is a feisty under-sized power forward that can score a little is an average rebounder and a mediocre defender. If they were so good why was Houston so mediocre especially with Kyle Lowery playing so well?
AHHHHHHHHHHH! This sucks for real! The Hornets are screwed now. Demps thought he had a team, now at the last hour he finds out he still only has 5 players (1 a disgruntled superstar that wants out). How does he go from here? Leftovers! One word......CONTRACTION!
I think people need to calm down. Really. Just because a trade won't go down tonight doesn't mean it won't go down at all. Lord.
My frustration is reaching a new high , my optimism a new low. Unfair plain and simple. Godamn nba gustapo.
Man lets not bash or throw or team under the bus let's support em and hope for a playoff spot. Like Al Davis "Just Win Baby"
This is beyond unacceptable. Did they just kill basketball in New Orleans? How could they possibly do this to us?
i saw adrian wojnarowski text something about the hornets telling two other teams that we had a laker's deal. the way i see it, dell demps already knew the league would have a problem with it, so he was just posturing to scare the living hell out of some other teams who now are offering more for paul (i.e. warriors). and if the trade does go through, we still have a solid team. demps is a genius.
Mark Cuban! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't like rollercoaster emotions. This is making me tired. Really tired.
ESPN's Chris Brousard says that the Hornets negociated a great deal getting "3 near Allstars: Odom, Martin, and Scola"!!!!
I was coming here to cry on someone's shoulder about this terrible deal lmao....but after reading all the comments and the most recent ones....it seems theres more time to get something MUCH BETTER
What a horrible deal!! Yea it's good if our goal is to maximize our wins next year, but we'll be anywhere from the 7-10 seed out west which means we aren't championship material, yet we aren't getting great talent from the draft. This has no sense of future. Wouldn't it be better to stack picks, bottom out, and take our shots at a few starts in the draft? I don't get it..
Khole Kardashian made a call to NBA to kill the trade. Didn't want her hubby leaving LA. hahahahahahahahah
now we offer paul another contract extension or do the three way trade that was previously discussed with celtics and pacers
"Sources said that a group of NBA owners, assembled in New York for the ratification of the league's new labor pact with the players, protested vigorously that the league-owned Hornets were trading Paul to the star-studded Lakers and convinced NBA commissioner David Stern to intervene. "The deal is off," one source told ESPN.com." Even though I'm not/wasn't a big fan of the deal if you look at what DEN got for Melo last year Dell really got a great deal. Though they're different positions, Paul and Anthony are arguably both Top 10-15 talent. So they're comparable. DEN got: W. Chandler, Felton, Gallo, Mosgov, 1st round, 2 2nd round NO (would have got): Martin, Scola, Odom, Dragic & 1 or 2 1st rounders If you put that into perspective Dell REALLY did a great job of maximizing the talent he received in the deal
WTF!!!!!!!!!!! they are trying to screw us with the whole CBA Crap because we got a good deal now this is the biggest BULLSH*T IN THE NBA IF THIS TRADE DOESNT GO THROUGH DAVID STERN IS GETTING SUED!!!!!!!!!!!!