Chris Paul Trade “called off”

Published: December 8, 2011

Things will be a lot clearer tomorrow, I’m sure. From reports, it appears that the trade sending CP3 to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to Houston, and Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin and Goran Dragic to the Hornets has been nixed by a group of NBA owners who didn’t like the trade and made David Stern step in.

Look – I have a mixed feelings about the trade itself. If it does actually go through, I’ll have all the time in the world to talk about it, but instead I want to say my piece about the blocking of the trade.

I’m infuriated. How can I have any faith in my team’s ability to make changes and move forward now? My team’s General Manager cannot make a deal unless all of his opponents agree it is the right trade! If they carry through with blocking this trade, the NBA has shattered the Hornets ability to get a decent deal for Paul. The good teams like the Celtics (and Lakers) now can’t be sure that whatever they do offer for Paul won’t be nixed by some coterie of owners with their panties in a bunch – so why should they risk alienating their own players for a deal they have no control over? The lesser teams can now sit back and sneer at the Hornets offers because the one major bit of leverage the Hornets had – good offers on the table by the Celtics and Lakers – has been wrecked.

Dell Demps has been completely screwed.



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