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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. bozosforall - Dec 9, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Stern is a little tool. So is Dan Gilbert.

  2. fenway9999 - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Some of you need to put away your team colored goggles for a bit. Stern is acting as an owner should act. If the owner is thinking of selling the team or improviing it then the OWNER should have the final say on a trade that is going to lose you the best player you have. Anyone who thinks Martin, Scola, the two used basketballs, and a new net that New Orleans is supposed to get will make up for Paul then they are crazy. Of course Lakers fans will be happy because they are getting the best part of the deal. If you are trading a cornerstone player then you should at least get someone back that has the potential to be another cornerstone and none of those players mentioned will be that.

  3. goforthanddie - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    “we decided, free from the influence of other NBA owners,”
    What’s the point in outright lying?

  4. opshuns - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Hey, doughhead Stern, do you believe that Paul with the Hornets going to bring the NBA more money when everyone knows that Paul is leaving New Orleans. How the hell did you get that job?

  5. jlinatl - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    If final decision making had been a function of the commisioner working in conjunction, then either he would be firing Sperling for insubordination or the commissioner originally signed off on the trade.

    However, final decision making now may be a function…

  6. lltony - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    @ fenway9999…….. “If you are trading a cornerstone player then you should at least get someone back that has the potential to be another cornerstone and none of those players mentioned will be that.”

    Remember it is get something for something.Stern keep CP3 now and all the way to the end of season, he gets nothing.There is hardly any equal trade out there available for CP3, But would you rather safe face with the owner or do what’s best for your franchise.
    Be a smart trader; trade your commodities when there is profit, as oppose to when there are none.

  7. bearsstillsuck - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    wow this is really getting blown out of proportion. its really not that big of deal, and I don’t think it hurts stern at all.

  8. johnnyshore - Dec 10, 2011 at 1:55 AM

    Basketball sucks. Baseball sucks. The NFL is the only sport that matters in the U.S.of A. Who’s got it better than us? NOOOBODY.

    – Jim Harbaugh.

    Love the 49.

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