Though after the trade broke ground and the media started broadcasting the news NBA owners including one Cleveland’s owner Dan Gilbert responded. Dan Gilbert emailed Stern saying “Commissioner,
It would be a travesty to allow the Lakers to acquire Chris Paul in the apparent trade being discussed.
This trade should go to a vote of the 29 owners of the Hornets.
Over the next three seasons this deal would save the Lakers approximately $20 million in salaries and approximately $21 million in luxury taxes. That $21 million goes to non-taxpaying teams and to fund revenue sharing.
I cannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player in the trade and saved over $40 million in the process. And it doesn’t appear that they would give up any draft picks, which might allow to later make a trade for Dwight Howard. (They would also get a large trade exception that would help them improve their team and/or eventually trade for Howard.) When the Lakers got Pau Gasol (at the time considered an extremely lopsided trade) they took on tens of millions in additional salary and luxury tax and they gave up a number of prospects (one in Marc Gasol who may become a max-salary player).
I just don’t see how we can allow this trade to happen.
I know the vast majority of owners feel the same way that I do.
When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?
After emailing the Commissioner, Stern responded by vetoing the trade. When news then broke of Stern’s decision to veto it caused an uproar as media outlets, players, and fans responded.
As a result to the veto Paul threatened to take the NBA to court as he planned on suing them. As for the other players involved, Scola and Martin went to training camp as well Gasol went to the Lakers camp, but Lamar Odom refused. Due to being “traded” Odom felt disgusted and demanded a trade. The Lakers would respect Odom’s wishes and trade him to the Dallas Mavericks for $8.9 million trade exception, as well as a protected first-round pick.
It seemed as if trading for Paul was almost impossible at that point until the Los Angeles Clippers got involved. The Clippers and Hornets would agree on a trade that would send guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman, and Minnesota’s unprotected first round pick in exchange for Chris Paul. Though, the deal was that the Hornets had to choose either Gordon or the draft pick. However it wouldn’t matter as Stern put an end to the trade once again.
Trading for Paul appeared to really be dead at that point as two trades were accepted and they were both vetoed. It started to seem like the league and Stern almost wanted to force Paul to stay in New Orleans as long as they could, until Wednesday night when another offer would be accepted; Chris Paul and two future second round picks for guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman, and Minnesota’s unprotected first round pick.
Though no one believed it just yet until the approval of Stern was confirmed. After being approved by Stern it was official, Chris Paul was going to the Clippers.