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David Stern’s Explanation Of The Blocked Chris Paul Trade

12/09/2011 at 10:39 am By

NBA fans everywhere have been curious what exactly the league office meant when they vetoed the Laker/Hornets/Rockets trade involving point guard Chris Paul. Here is a statement issued by commissioner David Stern explaining why the trade was nixed,  per SB Nation:

“Since the NBA purchased the New Orleans Hornets, final responsibility for significant management decisions lies with the Commissioner’s Office in consultation with team chairman Jac Sperling. All decisions are made on the basis of what is in the best interests of the Hornets. In the case of the trade proposal that was made to the Hornets for Chris Paul, we decided, free from the influence of other NBA owners, that the team was better served with Chris in a Hornets uniform than by the outcome of the terms of that trade.”

We may be beating a dead horse here (excuse the expression) but the NBA surely has to realize that, if forced to remain a member of the Hornets this season,Chris Paul will surely bolt after the season and the franchise would get absolutely nothing in return. But we’re making too much sense. This IS the NBA we’re talking about here. Could the NBA be keeping Chris Paul in New Orleans to make the team more attractive for a potential buyer? Possibly, but wouldn’t the threat of CP3 leaving after the season scare away said potential buyer, so why not restock the roster with decent talent? Again, that would make too much sense, from both a business and basketball prospective.

For more details on the proposed trade that wasn’t check here. You can also see an email a clearly bitter Cavs Dan Gilbert sent to Stern here. Or follow along with the NBA free agency moves here.

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2 Comments so far

  1. Big DawgJR

    on 12/09/2011 - Reply


    It must be tough to be the voice of reason in the face of this blatant excuse by Commissioner Stern. Los Angeles is in southern California…everyone one here has a tan, leases high price vehicles, love to be seen courtside and most are willing to pay the exorbitant prices to see the Lakers in the same building where the Clipper tickets are half of the Laker tickets. The world is not fair!

    Life in Cleveland will never be equal to Los Angeles, Miami, or Chicago. Get over it. If you do not have access to $3 Billion in TV revenue to supplement your basketball team…you certainly feel envious of the team that does. If it goes to court Chris Paul and other free agents cannot be unfairly prevented from benefiting from a transaction that has routinely been happening around the rest of the league. Stern is just the mouth piece for the haters! Long Live Capitalism!

    Woof! Woof!

  2. Mortimor Sneard

    on 12/09/2011 - Reply

    What the Emperor needs to realize is that what is in the best interest of the NBA is that he relinquish his crown about 30 years ago, and what is in the best interest of the Seattle SuperSonics is that they remain in Seattle and that the New Orleans Hornets be in Oklahoma City. Is my time up yet?!?!?!?!?

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