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David Stern releases statement on Chris Paul trade veto

Dec 9, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York Reuters

Here is the official statement from David Stern on his veto of the NBA trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers in a three-team deal.

“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.”

Well of course the Hornets are better on the court with Chris Paul than without, that was never in question. You also never get equal value back when trying to trade a superstar.

However, Chris Paul is gone from the Hornets next summer if you choose not to trade him. Let him walk for nothing and you set the franchise back, maybe for a decade (ask the Magic after they let Shaq walk for nothing). You need to trade him, and you are not going to find a better deal than one with recent Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom, sharpshooter Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic and a first round pick in a deep draft. That is not a bad deal.

It sounds like the league was more concerned they could not sell the franchise for as much without Paul in a Hornets uniform. But whoever the new owner is will have to deal with the same situation.

But now you have Stern’s words.

  1. drobstad - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Stern is a worse commissioner than Bud Selig… And that’s not an easy thing to accomplish.

    • nightman13 - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:46 PM

      Bud is a great commissioner as evidenced by the fact that his sport is profitable and people care about it.

      • philtration - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:40 PM

        If the sport is profitable then what the hell was that lockout all about?

    • narrabeen23 - Dec 9, 2011 at 5:23 PM

      “All decisions are made on the basis of what is in the best interests of the Hornets… the team was better served with Chris in a Hornets uniform than by the outcome of the terms of that trade.”

      KMart + Scola + Dragic + Odom + a draft pick vs. 7 months of Chris Paul?

      Sorry David but you are, without a doubt, 100% wrong.

  2. danielcp0303 - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Hit the road Jack (David Stern), and don’t you come back no more

    • yournuts - Dec 9, 2011 at 6:30 PM

      Thats right take the man who made the NBA what it is today and let it be run by morons like you! You seem to know everything about the NBA but no matter what you have no job and talk crap. If your so smart why aren’t you running the NBA?

      • 6thsense79 - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:15 PM

        even the greatest start slipping eventually. It seems Stern has been slipping for the past few years. This happens to be one of the worse decisions I can recall him making. The old Stern wouldn,t have let it go down let this.

      • danielcp0303 - Dec 9, 2011 at 8:11 PM

        You don’t even know the difference between your and you’re. Come back when you do

      • philtration - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:44 PM

        I was wondering who bought that David Stern Fathead.
        Is it anatomically correct?

  3. aaronmoreno - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Take it easy, everyone. He’s not a bad commissioner here, he’s a bad owner.

  4. lastdukestreetking - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Even though NO gave up the best player in the trade, they got back 3 (maybe 4) starters. Despite losing CP, NO might be better if the trade goes through.

    • SmackSaw - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:01 PM

      Right! The Nuggets got better after trading ‘Melo. Same thing here.

      • yournuts - Dec 9, 2011 at 6:31 PM

        The jury is still out on the Melo trade. 35 games do not make a good sampling.

  5. narlo00 - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    What a worthless loser. I’m a huge lakers fan and think that unless a Howard trade was next this is not a good move. But everybody agreed. So it’s best interest for NO is to get nothing for Paul? I hope stern rots in you know where.

  6. charlutes - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    So ur saying losing Paul for nothing is better than the deal that was made…Stern is just a lackey for terrible owners like Dan Gilbert who suck at putting together basketball teams and who write hateful letters to ex players and throw temper tantrums when some other, better managed team does what they cannot. JOKE LEAGUE. I hope the NBA just dies altogether.

  7. imaduffer - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    You can only play for the team I want you to play for. Now, go sit down and shut up.

    • baron30 - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:57 PM

      There goes David Stern with his veiled slavery innuendos again.

  8. sippindasyzurp - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    They should have just stayed with the lockout… This makes the league look manipulated and loses credibility especially with the lockout just ending.

  9. fmlizard - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Now the Lakers or ____ (insert big market AAU team here) will wind up getting him for nothing in a few months.

  10. sportsfaninoc - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Stern should just get out of Dan Gilbert’s way so that Danny can be the next commissioner. This way Danny can eventually get his lost lover (lebron) back and the rest of the NBA can get back to normal.

  11. enrgy2burn - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Stern needs to resign immediately. The NBA is nothing but a joke and he’s making it worse by the year. If they wanted to protect against what appears to be going on, they should’ve fought hard for a hard cap. they didn’t because they wanted immediate revenue. Stern has killed the NBA and may force it to retract (which would be a good thing) or to fold altogether. I agree with drobstad… he is worse than Selig and Selig SUCKS!!!

  12. hay1111 - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    As a fan, this turns me off to the nba WAY more than the loss of games and the lockout ever did

  13. teke184 - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    If anyone actually believes Stern’s horsesh!t response, they have no idea how to build a small-market franchise.

    Demps was trading CP3, a marquee star, to pick up the pieces necessary to start making further trades and put a complete team together.

    Martin, Scola, Odom, and Dragic may not be much individually, but if you turn Odom and/or Ariza into Andre Iguodala and Emeka Okafor into more supporting players and/or picks, that’s a pretty good roster that doesn’t have a sword of Damocles hanging over its head in a petulant superstar.

    • yournuts - Dec 9, 2011 at 6:39 PM

      Martin, Scola, Odom, and Dragic are not close to value for CP3. There I’ve said it. The Hornets deserve more before they give the Lakers the NBA title 4 of the next 5 years. If this trade would have happened then the Lakers would have reduced their cap without giving a draft pick and would be able to sign another huge star like Superman and completely dominate the NBA. Everybody else would be the Washington Generals. NEW ORLEANS deserves much more for the man who single handedly beat the Lakers in the playoffs. CP3 is going to bring in much more. Who ever is going to but the Hornets deserves to have CP3 and try to keep him.

      • 6thsense79 - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:28 PM

        well you seem to know more than a number of general managers who said the hornets were not going to get a better deal. Martin has the potential to play in a few all star game, Odomwas was/is an important 6th man for a title contender, Scola is a starter, Dragic has potential, and then they get a first round pick to boot. It was as fair a deal as possible given the situation. An Lakers giving up Gasol and Odom is significant. Despite what you may think Gasol is top 5 at his position.

  14. klownboy - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Someone please give Dan Gilbert and Stern a binky…

  15. toegoat - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    I would like to see David Stern and Roger Godell in the octagon fight to the death. Then the winner has to fight kimbo slice in a bareknuckles match, also to death.

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:27 PM

      I give 1000000000 thumbs up…HILARIOUS

  16. Chris Fiorentino - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    “free from the influence of other NBA owners, ”

    Right or wrong, the fact is that the ownership of a team makes the final call. And the ownership, whether Stern wants to admit it or not, made the final call here. This trade should not have been consummated without the approval of the ownership of the Hornets…or in this case, all 29 owners. Yeah, it could cause a problem with slowing down business…but that’s the chance ownership took when they bought the team. Either that, or be hands-off and let the trade go through.

    Seems Mr. Stern wants his cake and eat it too. Bad choice, David. The more you talk, the further away I go from you and the owners of the NBA.

  17. hoytdadd64 - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Once again here is the link to email the league office, let’s over load their servers and let them know how disgusted their bill payers are!!!!!!

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:26 PM

      Thanks hoytdadd64, I needed that

    • stoutfiles - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:28 PM

      I just overloaded their server with compliments. The owners all have a stake in the team and ultimately voted NO on seeing the Lakers put together another superstar super team.

      • southbeachtalent - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:42 PM

        So they will put it together 66 games from now.

      • sweetnlow44 - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:59 PM

        So, now the Lakers get to keep the 2 very good players they were going to lose in this deal. And pick up CP3 for nothing in a few months. Good job.

  18. thebigkahuna23 - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    I don’t see how it better suits the hornets to have an extremely disgruntled Paul play the season for a team with very small playoff aspirations and then lose him next offseason and get nothing in return. The hornet were getting odom, scola, martin, dragic, and new york’s first rounder next draft. The only team that appeared to get a bad deal was Houston.

  19. bearsstillsuck - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    if everybody on here is so troubled by this then you should all pitch in a buy the team. don’t let Kurt in on this though, he will give away all the profits to the players.

  20. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    As soon as he said the words, “free from the influence of other NBA owners”, you know the decision was made solely due to the influence of other NBA owners.

  21. illolson - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    I believe I will not watch any more pro basketball, the commissioner has turned it into a circus! What a joke.

    • yournuts - Dec 9, 2011 at 6:44 PM

      Don’t watch, who cares if you do or don’t.

  22. hoytdadd64 - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    If those comments were true why did everyone think Paul was avaliable, why not come out right from the gate and say we aren’t going to trade him? It makes no sense. Look if Ican’t pay my car bill and have an option of selling it to pay off the difference and maybe make a little profit or letting it get repo’d, what do you think I would do? Stern has lost his mind and his ability to run the league, check out this article by Bill Simmons, really sums up Sterns current position.

  23. lltony - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    ..Who ever thought that the LOCKOUT was about small market and competitive balance…was WRONG..It simply about letting players knows we the MASSA controls you and will continue to show and exert that power.
    Here where its all wrong..Small markets have their opportunity to get great player in the draft, especially if their teams did poorly in the season. They also have the opportunity to build great teams and compete. i.e Spurs ( 4 RINGS all from building and a few good trades..Great managed team),Oklahoma( starting to become one of the most dangerous teams in the west all from building in the draft and trades), Cleveland (best record 2 of the last Lebron years, but fail to bring the ring. Not a fan of LB but it is his choice after 7yrs to move on to a better opportunity if he thought he have done all he can with what he had). But if you have poorly run teams and hastily GM no doubt that those team will falters.
    There always will be a super star coming out of the draft, owners and GMs just have to do a better job at managing their teams,(no fault of the “big market teams”) and we will have competitive balance.
    Mr. Stern (MASSA) don’t continue to ruin what’s left of that legacy..Trades will always happen some team will do well and will do poorly..Owner got their money and now wants to hog tied players. Leave it alone.
    FACT: It was a good trade,. Guys who want and will commit to the teams is important. You keep a player who is destined to leave,eventually you will end up with nothing..e.g(Cleveland, Toronto). Do the Denver thing, get something now. He (CP3) will eventually leave, you will get nothing in return and that thought Mr. Stern of CP3 bring value to the teams price will be through the window..and with nothing in return you get little, and again the league looses…
    Be a man about your mistakes MASSA (D.Stern) and you would be remembered by those who truly matter..The FANS..

  24. cantonbound13 - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Stern knew Howard would end up going to L.A. later on & join Paul & Kobe. Stern’s biggest fear is overrated LeBron will never get a ring and he can’t make him the face of the NBA like Michael was. NBA has been fixed for years!

  25. stoutfiles - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    You all do realize that Paul will still be dealt, right? Just because the Laker deal was vetoed doesn’t mean a future trade can’t and won’t happen.

    It doesn’t matter if it made the Hornets 7th seed competitive, they wouldn’t sell tickets with those players. You need a star, especially in NO. Paul needs to be traded for a star, and they should hold out for as long as possible for one. There’s already talk of Paul for Amare.

    Calm down everyone. The Hornets are screwed regardless and Paul will still make it to a big market team, he just has to wait a little longer.

    • notsofast10 - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      You are as dumb as Stern! Paul cannot be traded now or there will be lawsuits that abound! What you think he can be traded to the Celtics now???? As Chick Hearn used to say, “not very Phi Betta Kappa”!

    • yournuts - Dec 9, 2011 at 6:42 PM

      Absolutely. The deal was way below market value for CP3. They need CP3 in NO to sell tickets and be the face of the franchise until they get a superstar.

      • 6thsense79 - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:40 PM

        hahaha. That is a checkers move when you should be playing chess. You know your queen is gone you might as well put yourself in the best position to win. You know CP is gone in a year or less so you get what you can for him.

      • notsofast10 - Dec 9, 2011 at 11:35 PM

        What superstar is going to go to NO???? Please humor me!

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