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Hornets, Lakers, Rockets to appeal Stern’s trade veto

Dec 9, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

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NBA executives around the league are shocked — never before has the league stepped in to block a trade, even ones that appeared painfully lopsided — but they have used that power now.

And the teams involved don’t like it.

The Lakers, Hornets and Rockets will appeal the cancellation of the three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, reports ESPN.

The question is will it work.

On one hand, the only people who can reverse this decision are David Stern himself or the owners, at whose behest Stern axed the deal. There would be public pressure to reverse course, but to do so would make a disasterous PR situation for the NBA even worse. Plus, the small market owners want their power back and do not like this.

There are reports the Hornets may try to reconfigure the deal and sweeten it somehow, which would allow the league to approve it and have an out that saves face. Relatively.

Stern commented on the motivation to Bloomberg News.

`The decision was taken that Chris Paul in New Orleans was more valuable than the trade that was being discussed, David Stern tells Bloomberg

So this was about the sale of the Hornets? The League owns the Hornets right now and is trying to find a buyer, is Stern saying they can’t do that at a good price without Paul?

Whoever buys the Hornets will have to fast come to the realization that Chris Paul is not going to stay with the team, he will leave as a free agent if nothing else. So I don’t understand how that could impact franchise value. Also, isn’t that owner going to want to get some value for Paul rather than letting him go for nothing? Does anyone think there is a better deal on the table right now than the Hornets getting Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic and a first-round pick?

Chris Paul and the NBA players union continue to consider leagal action as an alternative. So this could end up an issue in federal courts.

The question to Stern is the owners becomes simply this: Which is worse, to keep fighting this battle or admit you were wrong?

  1. hoytdadd64 - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Send the league office an email and let the fans voice be heard….we pay the bills….do we want to support a bad business mans dictatorship? Here’s the link to emailthe league office….

  2. teke184 - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Per twitter-

    “Lakers can’t appeal to NBA office about Chris Paul trade block b/c the league considers the deal to have been nixed by N.O., not the NBA.”


  3. jackntorres - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Ok lets spice up the deal… Send Okafor to LA and get Bynum to NOLA as well.


    Sign Marcus Thornton

    That should entice a local owners to pocket up.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Obviously, this deal should be approved by a majority of the owners in the NBA, since they are the final decision makers for all transactions of the team that THEY OWN. For every team, there is a GM and an Owner. A GM could make all the deals he wants, but if the Owner shoots them down, they do not happen. Period.

    I know the Owners appointed Demps as the GM of the team…but the fact remains that technically speaking, as long as the Owners own the Hornets, they can put the kibash on any and all deals that are made.

    Sorry Lackers fans…you guys are S.O.L.

    • teke184 - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:28 PM


      If every single Hornets deal will have to be ratified by 29 other owners, then it handcuffs the team severely just in terms of transaction speed compared to the rest of the league.

      That’s not even getting into the likelihood that owners like Gilbert will vote to block the deal because they’re butthurt or that other owners like Cuban will vote to block any deal that helps a division rival.

      It would also run counter to Stern’s own words about how the team would be run from last year, in which he said that Dell Demps could do whatever he wanted as long as the two league-appointed team officers, Hugh Weber and Jac Sperling, signed off on it.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:38 PM

        Well, Stern and the owners obviously changed their minds on this, which is not a good thing. However, the fact remains that the team is owned by the league. If one person owned the Hornets and he decided he didn’t want to make the trade, would we be seeing this outrage? Would there be fighting in courts and whereever else to force the trade? No.

        Now, to respond to barroom, I am not washing the owners balls. I don’t even agree with what they did here. I think they should let the deal go, and then let the Lackers get Dwight Howard and then make the league more of a joke than it already is. The owners have no principles. They whine and bitch about this guy leaving and that guy leaving, then they DO EXACTLY WHAT THEY JUST BITCHED ABOUT!!! Dan Gilbert whined and moaned about LeBron leaving…then he did a sign-and-trade with the Heat at the end to get a couple shitty late draft picks. Some happened with Bosh. Same always happens. Again…if an owner does a sign-and-trade and complains about the league not being competitive, then he is nothing more than a unprincipled douchenozzle.

        At the end of the day, the same owners who don’t have the balls to not do a sign-and-trade for their own guys want to stop it from happening with a team they have a general interest in. Which is gutless and shows how much of an asshole Dan Gilbert truly is. Hey Dan…if you think this deal is so bad, why did you sell out and do the sign-and-trade with the Heat?

    • barroomhero80 - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:31 PM

      washing the owners balls….sad

      • notsofast10 - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:52 PM

        “appeared painfully lopsided ”

        Who is it painfully lopsided in favor????

        The Lakers get Paul but lose an All Star Center and the best 6th man in the league!

        The Hornets get a sh*tload of talent and draft picks!

        As a Laker Fan, I think giving up Odom with Gasol is too much and someone suckered Kupchak!

        Just sayin!

  5. jcf78 - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    To: Slimey Stern,
    From: disgruntled, never again NBA fan!

    I thought this five month lockout was to have amongst other things parity in the NBA. For years I was pissed that players who were under contract (Carter, Anthony) decided where they wanted to go. I don’t blame LeBron as all reports mentioned he was a FREE AGENT!!!!!

    I thought this lockout would fix this type of mess. During the NFL lockout I sided with the players because there was still a couple of years left in the old cba which the owners opted out. But I was fully backing the owners and the NBA during the lockout. However I now see that owners were the reason for destroying my league! I feel this veto of the trade is childish as anyone can see that the hornets got the better end if this trade. To say it wasn’t due to the childish bitching of Mr. Gilbert but basketball reason is disrespectful to no one else but the fans. I have no option but to disassociate myself from something so demonic and cynical as the NBA.

    I have copied and pasted on an e-mail to sent this to every team and every newspaper I can get a hold of. I know I am only one, however I do believe that this latest incompetence of running a league will turn fans away from a already declining league.

    I vote to fire David stern

  6. charlutes - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Good. Sue Stern, sue Dan Gilbert, sue the NBA.

  7. dalucks - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    The new CBA did not fix any of the problems in the NBA. They should have cancelled the season and actually worked out all of these issues before playing basketball.
    Chris Paul should play this season in New Orleans, pray he does not get hurt and sign with the Lakers as a free agent. The NBA cannot veto that move.

  8. lakerade - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Any update on why (per la times) the lakers do not plan to appeal??

  9. upperdecker19 - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    I respect David Stern’s ability to make an objective, unbiased decision in this matter without any influence from external entities with their own motives in mind.

    Tim Donaghy

  10. yournuts - Dec 9, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    I think there is a much better deal for CP3 than Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic and a first-round pick? A superstar has to be part of the package, has to be. This is a dumb move for the Hornets.

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