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  1. 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…

  2. Knicks moving forward to get Chandler, amnesty Billups

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

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    It was the big story yesterday — until Chris Paul was traded then untraded — and it will shake up the Eastern Conference. And it is happening — the New York Knicks will sign Tyson Chandler today tweets Howard Beck at the New York Times. The Knicks will use the amnesty clause on Chauncey Billups…

  3. Report: Suns to send Mickael Pietrus to Raptors for second round pick

    Dec 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    The Mickael Pietrus era appears to be over in Phoenix, as the Suns have agreed to trade the small forward to the Raptors for a conditional second round draft pick, according to the Toronto Star. Pietrus will need to pass the customary physical, which might get interesting considering the fact that he missed the last…

  4. Stern’s trade veto about owners wanting their power back

    Dec 9, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

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    Why David Stern pulled the plug Thursday on a reasonable (not ideal, but reasonable) three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers is really simple: The NBA owners want their power over star players back. What LeBron James did scared most owners because he had the power — teams had to come…

  5. NBA labor deal officially approved, camps set to open

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:18 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    In all the excitement over Chris Paul going to the Lakers Chris Paul staying with the New Orleans Hornets, one little thing happened on Thursday not many people noticed: The players and owners approved the new NBA labor deal. It is in place and training camps are set to open Friday (even if not everyone…

  6. Danny Granger and Jason Richardson tweet out their frustration over the league-halted Chris Paul trade

    Dec 9, 2011, 2:49 AM EDT

    Danny Granger

    Over the last few years, Twitter has completely changed the NBA experience. It gives basketball fans a place to congregate online in order to discuss breaking news or thrilling games. It gives reporters a mechanism to get their scoops to readers as quickly as possible, without having to worry about wasting precious moments for the…

  7. Chris Paul reportedly considering legal action against league

    Dec 9, 2011, 2:19 AM EDT

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    In the wake of David Stern taking the nearly unprecedented step of calling off a trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, Paul met with NBA union chief Billy Hunter to consider legal action, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard. It’s unclear what any legal action might entail. But it is possible that…

  8. Report: Dwight Howard wants to be traded to Nets

    Dec 9, 2011, 1:21 AM EDT

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    We can only speculate if David Stern stepping in at the behest of the owners to nix the Chris Paul trade had anything to do with it, but apparently Dwight Howard isn’t thinking Lakers. He’s thinking Brooklyn New Jersey Nets. He’s thinking Deron Williams. Howard wants to be traded to the Nets and will tell…

  9. Cavaliers’ owner emails David Stern to block Chris Paul trade to Lakers

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:58 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Orleans Hornets

    The three-team deal that was in place to send Chris Paul to the Lakers was killed by the league late Thursday, presumably at the behest of a group of small-market owners who loudly protested. One such owner was Dan Gilbert of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who emailed the commissioner directly to express his feelings on the…

  10. Chris Paul, Lamar Odom unlikely to report when training camps open

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:27 AM EDT

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    Training camps are set to open for all 30 teams on Friday, but don’t expect Chris Paul to report to the Hornets or Lamar Odom to report to the Lakers. After the three-team deal that would have sent Paul to Los Angeles and Odom to New Orleans was killed by the league late Thursday night,…

  11. Pistons have nothing to do with Chris Paul trade, but do re-sign Prince and Jerebko

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:04 AM EDT

    Tayshuan Prince, Gerald Wallace

    From the AP: DETROIT – The Detroit Pistons are attempting to rebuild by keeping at least a couple key players. Tayshaun Prince and Jonas Jerebko will re-sign with the Pistons, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deals have not been announced. Prince, an…

  12. League finds way to make bad PR situation worse by killing trade

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:52 PM EDT

    David Stern

    The only public relations move worse than the league allowing Chris Paul to be traded to the Lakers after a five-month lockout allegedly about “competitive balance” is to have David Stern come in with an iron fist and kill the deal because owners complained. Well done NBA. Well done indeed. David Stern and the league…

  13. Quote of the day: Phil Jackson pretty much predicted the CP3 situation a year ago

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Via a Kevin Ding article from December 29th, 2010, here’s Phil Jackson on the troubles the league-owned Hornets might run into: The [Hornets] were recently bought by the NBA, which prompted Jackson to say: “Not happy about that.” Jackson put forth a scenario where Hornets star Chris Paul might revive his demand for a trade,…

  14. After killing Chris Paul deal to the Lakers, there’s no way the league can trade him anywhere else

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT

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    The deal was done, agreed to in principle by all three teams. The Lakers would get Chris Paul, in exchange for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. The Rockets would end up with Gasol, and the Hornets would end up with a solid package of Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and Goran Dragic, with the cap…

  15. League kills Chris Paul three-team trade to Lakers

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:18 PM EDT

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    Within hours of all parties saying the deal was all but done, the proposed three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers is dead. And David Stern is standing over it holding the gun. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo writes said the deal is dead because the league — which currently…

  16. Chris Paul deal does not improve the Lakers, unless a Dwight Howard deal is next

    Dec 8, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

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    If the three-team trade between the Lakers, Hornets, and Rockets is finalized as expected when the league opens for business on Friday morning, L.A. will have sent Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom out of town in exchange for Chris Paul  — and possibly another piece to make the salaries match, like Emeka Okafor. In doing…

  17. Lakers complete three-team blockbuster to acquire Chris Paul

    Dec 8, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

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    In the blink of an eye, the entire landscape of the NBA has changed. As originally reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Hornets, and Houston Rockets have agreed on the framework of a deal that will bring Chris Paul to L.A. The long-standing rumors linking the league’s best…

  18. Report: Three-team deal bringing Chris Paul to the Lakers has been completed in principle

    Dec 8, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

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    UPDATE (7:33 p.m. ET): According to yet another tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the three-team deal has been completed in principle. The Hornets will also receive an undisclosed draft pick in the deal. UPDATE (6:31 p.m. ET): Wojnarowski is now reporting that this will be a three-team trade involving the Lakers, Hornets, and…

  19. Caron Butler agrees to a perplexing three-year, $24 million offer from the Clippers

    Dec 8, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

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    Free agency wouldn’t be free agency without a twinge of instant regret, and the Clippers may be the first buyers in this year’s market to experience it. According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, Caron Butler has agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal with the Clips, a fair bit more than the league’s more reasonable…

  20. If Billups is out in New York, does he land in Miami?

    Dec 8, 2011, 5:52 PM EDT

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    If Chauncey Billups walked around all day today with a dumbfounded look on his face, he’d have a right. When he woke up this morning he thought he was the starting point guard of the New York Knicks, by the end of tomorrow the NBA’s bottom feeders could be bidding on him. Billups still has…

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