Friday, December 9th, 2011 at 1:20 am  |  103 responses

Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert’s E-mail to Stop Chris Paul Trade to Lakers

From the bumbling creator of the Comic Sans fiasco when LeBron took his talents to South Beach, comes yet another poorly thought-out missive. Yahoo! Sports grabbed the whole thing, when it was leaked:


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?

Please advise….

Dan G.”

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  • Peter Walsh

    Dan G. has gotta go.

  • BWill

    This guy can’t keep his star so he won’t let another team get one… that is hoeish. Lakers GM had it set up for a dynasty. Lebron is kissing his lucky whatever it is someone like him would carry.

  • Shecky Shabazz

    Slave master Gilbert rears his head again. This guy is the worst.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Who’s the better owner, Gilbert or Sterling?

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  • Shecky Shabazz

    I’d rather play for Khan than either of those two, Caboose. At least he would entertain me with his trades and interviews.

  • bnets

    Please dont write another letter. Dwight Howard to Nets

  • DuckTape The Mob

    Runnin to Stern Like He yo Daddy and crying about thing snot being “fair”

  • Bt

    Get ready to write another letter in 4 years when youve failed to attract any free agents and your 2 rookies walk.

    Also you forgot to add “if this trade goes through, I guarantee the cavaliers will win a championship before the lakers.”

  • TP

    Can some basketball-head explain the “Washington Generals” comment for me?


    I think CP3 being good friends with Lebron and having the same representation as Lebron definitely plays a part in his sucker move…i hope the Cavs go 0 for 66 the whole season!!!

  • http://Hoopshype.com/rumors Hossy

    Wow F this guy. Seriously. Eat a d!ck dan g

  • Jono

    I hate this man more every year.

  • JY

    “washington generals” = as in the other 25 general teams of the nba who don’t realistically have a shot at the title (aka Cavs)

    dan gilbert cry more?

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    TP: He’s suggesting that there’s 5 or so star-studded teams in the league (Harlem Globetrotters) and the rest are just there to lose and make the stars look good (Washington Generals, the GT’s opponents).

  • WillJay

    Wow…bad move by the NBA now the Lakers,Hornets and Rockets are stuck in a bad situation.I think the deal will be made but the lakers may have to take on another player and give picks.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Sounds like a pretty fair complaint to me. You have to remember the Lakers didn’t want a lockout and are the targets – along with the Knicks and the Heat – of the smaller teams’ complaints about competitive balance and larger markets getting unfair advantage – in that light this entire move makes it look like they’re really, really trying to fly the finger to both those issues and continue making billions of dollars at the cost of balance.

  • misso

    @TP the Washington Generals is the team that is purposely setup to lose to the Harlem Globetrotters everytime so that’s what Dan Gilbert is referring to

  • Jer

    This guy makes absolutely no sense at all what a little cry baby b!tch…all that just means the Lakers know what their doing when it comes to trades, sry you don’t have the money or good players to get cp3 yourself, stay out of it you id!ot

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    i dont wanna hear NOTHING else about why Lebron did what he did the way he did it. he KNEW what kinda ppl he was dealing with behind the scenes. even if the general public (us fans) didnt. TY lebron for setting the tone

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    i feel sorry for young kyrie and the rest of the dudes on that team. really who would any be choose to play for that organization?

  • doyouwantmore

    He was right about the Washington Generals thing.

  • misso

    Screw this I’m a magic fan & were probably gonna lose D12 to the nets. DG needs to write another letter lol

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    you cant force someone to stay at a job they dont wanna stay at!!! atheletes arent team mascots. u cant determine someone else career destiny!! fans need to realize this as well as owners

  • ksupreme

    F*ck sh*t f*ck c*ck sucker mother f*ckin piece of lowsy sh*t. Still bitter…..un-f*ckin believable

  • Red

    Nice, good thing the owners are speaking up against this, players are making the NBA lame

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    It’s a good thing that Bron never informed Danny boy that he was leaving and choose to do it in front of the entire world. Any player that has a chance to stick it to the owners, please do.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I used to not h@te Dan Gilbert–unlike everyone else. But it’s getting harder and harder to stray from the pack when it comes to this douche.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    just to sum this whole thing up – “Awwwww, no fair”

  • John

    The way Stern handled this whole thing is kind of messed up, but I actually think Dan Gilbert is right. I already thought last year was bad with the whole Lebron, Bosh, Amare, Carmelo situation, but now it’s just getting really insane. I thought the whole lockout was to fix the mess that the NBA was turning in to? I think these fools need to lock themselves out some more.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    If the young Buss had any gall whatsoever he’d write a letter to Stern. Apparently Stern is a spineless f*ck after reading angry tirades. The league really is going to sh!t–WWE make-believe collusion style.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ John: You’re assuming there was a mess. There was no mess. At all.

  • John

    @ Teddy-the-Bear It wasn’t a mess if you were a Heat, Lakers, Knicks or Celtics fan, but it was a mess for everyone else.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ Why? Denver improved after the Carmelo Anthony trade, Phoenix would have lost Amare Stoudemire anyways (they weren’t willing to pay him that much guaranteed money), Toronto wouldn’t have fared better with Bosh and began a much-needed process of rebuilding, and Cleveland lost their best player via free agency. Boo hoo. It could have happened to any team.
    Really the only team that wasn’t adversely affected was Cleveland–but again, it’s their fault for not making a move sooner. New Orleans, smartly, understood this and decided not to make the same mistake as Cleveland–which Darth Stern just vetoed.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    was* adversely

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    The lockout was basically a showing of power. Nothing immediately changed that would limit the things they “wanted” to change, but they did show the players that the league operates when they wanted it to and not vice versa. The players are being treated like children who did something wrong, but weren’t really punished for it. They were sent to their room then given ice cream as soon as they were allowed out. If the owners wanted to dictate player movement they should have forced the system to change like they said they would, rather then throw fits like petulant Children when after agreed to not get their way. I’m cool with the league vetoing the trade, but not for “basketball reasons” – because the league owns the Hornets, and doesn’t think the trade improves the franchise? Fine with me. “Basketball Reasons” with no explanation? F*ck yourself.

  • John

    @ Teddy-the-Bear I was refering to players trying to form ‘super teams’, and colluding to all end up in the same big market teams. My team hasn’t been affected yet by this, but it’s not one of the 4 teams i mentioned. So our day is coming soon too when our young stars decide they want to team up in either NYC or LA.

  • Justin

    Teddy, it wouldn’t have mattered if Cleveland had “made a move” earlier. Lebron, Wade, and Bosh had discussed the move way before it ever happened, like a year and a half before. Yada, while athletes aren’t team mascots they are employees like one. And the team can determine their career over the life of the contract. I bet a lot of you people wouldn’t be saying half the negative crap you are about Dan Gilbert if he hadn’t gone on that tirade after the Lebron fiasco last year. Maybe, instead of looking at WHO is saying it you should look at WHAT IS BEING SAID because what he’s saying isn’t wrong

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    There’s a reason why NBA games are on TV. If your favorite team sucks, turn on the TV and watch the lakers, heat or knicks ball, deal with and stop crying. There’s a reason why I’m a fan of the players and not of teams.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ John: Players don’t form super teams when their teams give them good pieces to work with. Toronto is one of the biggest markets in the NBA. You don’t see stars jumping ship to Chicago out of the blue. The Clippers haven’t had a single decent free agent in about a decade until Caron Butler.
    What exactly do you suggest? That a player be chained down and forced to play for a team he doesn’t want to work for? If a player wants out–he’s going to get it, whether mid-contract or in free agency. That’s inevitable. Unless you seriously want the players to be slaves, then by all means, prevent them from EVER changing teams.
    As a SMART team, it’s your job to make the right decision before it comes to free agency, because once your superstar hits free agency, you get nothing.
    So… What exactly is there to complain about other than the NBA vetoing a trade that would actually benefit the Hornets in the long run?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Also, you’re perfectly okay with the Lakers forming a super team by trading for Pau Gasol, with the Grizzlies getting essentially nothing in return, as long as the General Manager does it? Are we really against super teams here?
    And then, of course, NO ONE cares that Boston became champions via free agency.

  • #6marjons

    haha nice ending on washington generals

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    F*ck Dan Gilbert. It amazes me that he actually owns a team considering without one player being there the past several years they’d probably wouldn’t have made the playoffs…once.

  • Red

    You guys are trying to be general managers? Lol you idiots need to shut up, it’s good he spoke up the super team thing is getting old.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    @Red? It’s good he spoke up?? All this does is prove he’s some bitter, jealous, sad excuse for an owner. Why don’t he just try to worry about how to bring his own team out of the gutter?

  • robb

    This man may be a billionaire but he’s a f*cking loser. You can’t get any stars for your sh*tty team so you boycott those teams who can?.Mad props to Lebron for sh*tting all over this guy when he had the chance. Too bad for the fans but now I understand completely. F*ck him and f*ck stern, a comissioner who does that automatically makes him a dictator. No rules were broken, the trade was good for NO, but now next year they’ll be screwed, cp3 will walk away and they’ll get sh*t in return

  • http://slamonline.com jumpman22

    Fk you!!

  • neaorin

    I don’t see why people are trying to tie this to the LeBron thing, if Gilbert was still mad at LeBron he’d WANT the Lakers to add Paul and Howard and beat the Heat every year. This way he is helping Miami’s quest for a title. And… yeah: getting Paul in his prime, saving tons of money in the process, giving up NO draft picks, NO young prospects, instead losing two stars on the wrong side of 30 making mucho dinero? Why doesn’t the league just contract to six or eight teams and be done with it?

  • Justin

    Hilarious how you guys go off on Stern and Gilbert like a bunch of jilted lovers. Sad really. And Teddy, I’m pretty sure Boston became champions by trading for Garnett and Ray Allen, not by free agency

  • http://Hoopshype.com/rumors Hossy

    Did he write this letter in comic sans too?

  • http://www.adultism.com justlenny

    dan gilbrt is a massive richard cranium

  • jimmer

    A lot of talk about players and owners, nothing in between? what about management, whose job it actually is to assemble teams? San Antonio aint a huge market, they have good management, they win. This is very simple. Dan Gilbert needs new management. At what point does it become normal that the guy in the warehouse dictates contracts and profits with the CEO? This is why we have management in between, to manage sh*t. If your trucks don’t run on time, we don’t bring the whole parcel industry to a halt. A company that manages their sh*t better picks up the gaps.

  • Thomas

    Kobe will probably score 60 the next time he plays the Cavs.

  • gubbins

    He should write a letter to David Stern dated 3 to 4 years in the future, calling to ban the trade of Kyrie Irving/whoever they land in 2012 when they inevitably leave for whichever team has a title in their sights. Then he can end up with nothing and just keep going through the same process every few years. I love to see smaller teams get better through keeping their drafted talent, but it isn’t always that simple or realistic. But then he is a trade genius – Mo Williams for Baron Davis was inspired. Idiot.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Justin: By free agency I really meant their own willingness to be traded.
    But hey, by the same token, Chris Paul really isn’t doing anything wrong, right? This was a trade, after all. Nothing like what LeBron did… Right??

  • JB

    “That $21 million goes to non-taxpaying teams and to fund revenue sharing.”

    As if it’s the Lakers’ duty to be in luxury tax territory so that cheap owners like Dan Gilbert (and Donald Sterling) can collect the welfare. How dare Jerry Buss make a deal in which he won’t have to pay as much of the (now much stiffer) luxury tax! If you want a franchise tag, get it in the CBA. This informal franchise tag business (at Stern’s whim or behest of particular owners) is an absolute joke and how can it possibly be legally justified? The Lakers are giving up 2 all-stars! This ain’t no one-sided Ted Stepien giveaway that warrants league interference–it’s a totally legit, reasonable trade. Make the rules and let teams try to be as good as they can be or avoid luxury tax. Lakers are within the rules and did nothing wrong. If they are stuck with two players who know they were traded. This consequence alone damages the Lakers and it’s not right.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ neaorin: Did you not see what the Hornets get in return?? They get BETTER even without Chris Paul! They were set to land Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, and Goran Dragic. That’s a freaking starting line-up right there, one that could make some noise with the right coaching–and almost a sure-fire playoff team. Three of those guys are All-Star caliber players, while Dragic is a young prospect with huge potential.
    That’s what they have trades for–so the teams involved can benefit mutually. The Rockets would have freed up some space for their young players and gotten a big they so desperately needed. That trade seriously could not have been any fairer, and the Hornets will NOT be getting a better deal than that–you can bet on that.

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    So they attack the Lakers because they know how to make a deal (save luxury tax, get a new franchise player, don’t give up draft picks).
    Every fan wishes that his franchise would act like that.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Did some of you guys just start watching basketball last year?? I don’t mean to sound snobbish, but people are acting like the Miami Heat are the first team ever to have 3 future Hall of Famers. The term “Super Team” doesn’t exist because there have ALWAYS BEEN TEAMS THAT GOOD, WITH THAT MANY STARS (OR MORE), IN THE F*CKING NBA. GET IT THROUGH YOUR THICK SKULLS. THE NBA ALREADY HAS MORE PARITY THAN MOST OTHER LEAGUES.
    This sh!t is making me pull a Tarzan here.

  • shutup

    I’m pretty sure none of those guys that woulda landed in NO were allstars and will ever be allstars, and this is from a fan of two of the three, I love Luis Scolas game and am sad that san antonio traded/passed on him, Lamar Odoms best chance of being an allstar was last year, in a smaller market and on a team thats not gonna win, i dont see him getting much shine. and lebron fulfilled his contract, begged for better players and didnt get it and left money on the table

  • furiousfunkfanatic

    So Dan Gilbert is the new commissioner of the NBA?

    Best real solution: Contraction of all loser-naysayer-sucker-teams beginning with the Cavs. A league with 24 teams should be fine!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I said All-Star *caliber* which all three undeniably are. That’s not even worth arguing. And I have no problem with what LeBron did, so you’re right about that.

  • A2

    Co-sign with the Kyrie Irving comment. I mean, who the heck would wanna play for the Comic Sans Monster after this?!

  • BBaller

    How many stars are there really? I mean we could do a top 50-60 for sure. Players that are the best at their profession in the world. Contraction seems to be the best solution for the NBA. Imagine if 5-6 teams were eliminated and those players went to legit BBall teams, competition would rise, the entertainment value would rise. It’s seems unrealistic to spread 50-60 elite players across 30 teams. I propose a 24 team comp where every team could have a “big 3″.Big question is which teams should go? Minny, Cavs,Kings,New Orleans, Bobcats,possibly GSW.

  • jimmer

    Furiousfunk really hit the spot right there. If a team can’t manage itself it should be left to fold, pure and simple. That’s what happens in the real world. Now we seem to have a situation where talented and hapless idiots, like Dan Gilbert, are able to dictate the fortunes of men who actually possess a lot of talent, like Jerry Buss and Chris Paul. So the men who make the league money, by winning titles, selling jerseys etc, are told what to do by men who would check for a gas leak with a match. This is not right.

  • neaorin

    Yeah, I did see what the Hornets would get – Odom who is already 32, and is not any help to a franchise who is years away from contending, Scola who is also 31 and still owed $40 million through 2015 (nice salary dump for Houston there), Kevin Martin who is supposedly in his prime and making second banana money to be a third banana player. Dragic is the only interesting piece for the Hornets in this deal. There’s a reason Houston would part with all three without blinking, just to get a 31 year old Pau Gasol. Rebuilding teams need three things: high draft picks, young prospects, and to clear salary – and if that’s the best deal the Hornets could find, their GM should be fired.

  • marc

    the hornets are owned by the NBA..so it’s paid for by the other 29 owners.. so why can’t they cancel a trade where they’re taking more salaries to pay for? someone has to buy the hornets for this not to happen

  • neaorin

    Oh and Dragic is a RFA after this season, not signed long term. So he either puts up good numbers on a bad team and gets rewarded with an outlandish offer from someone, or he doesn’t – and then how much potential are we still talking about after five seasons.

  • MikeC.

    Since the other 29 owners own the Hornets, Gilbert is well within his rights to want to veto this trade. This really only highlights how ridiculous it is to have a team owned by nobody.

  • A2

    The real question here is, who da frak are Stern/Silver/NBA Owners to SUBJECTIVELY decide a player’s value? I think a very rational argument can be made for the fact the Lakers would be losing the core of a two-time ‘chip winning team for possibly damaged goods!Isn’t this judgement call under a GM/Team President’s purview? There is literally no objective argument to be made against the trade!

  • Justin

    Actually, it IS nothing like what Lebron did. Lebron didn’t make any public notions about wanting to play elsewhere like Paul, Stoudemire, and Anthony did. The problem I have with Lebron is quitting on his team (let’s face it, he quit) and then announcing his decision on TV like that. Doing it that way was a slap in the face to not just the organization but to the fans. Whatever though, there’s no point in beating a dead horse about the idiotic things Lebron does. Did Garnett and Allen have no trade clauses? If not, how does one allow themselves to be traded?

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    Bballer, why would you ever want to eliminate the gsw? Ive been to a couple games there, the fans are great and they are 10th in the league in attendance.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    also I do agree with your theory of contraction in terms of competition and entertainment value, but with all of the jobs it would take away from people and the lost revenue to the local economy, its just not realistic.

  • http://www.slamonline.com PapaDuck

    He will have trouble ever getting a star to come play for him. If he drafts another Lebron-like guy he will have trouble getting him to sign an extension unless he offers a deal like the one PuJols got in baseball (10 yrs 260mil)….. Players are friends with each other and they talk with each other all the time and he hurt a lot of players, so all the good players are going to boycott this dude. He will never run a successful team. This was a straight hater move.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    *In Butt-Head voice* “Uhh….you people are really stupid…huh, huh”

  • mike

    This guys a jackass. I think we should just get rid of the cavs. Deny him ownership to anything in the nba. Big cities have the money to always have good teams that makes perfect sense to me. Okc mem and portland are few teams that are in smaller cities that do really well imo. Maybe their gms just know how to do their job

  • Mike Mihalow

    While I agree with him, he’s definitely costing his team free agents.

  • aaabbbccc

    Dan Gilbets the guy who cant have a superstar so now no one should. If he cant keep James there a kid who grew up in the area on his hometown team. Dan Gilbert is going to have to realize hes not going to keep any superstars on that team. Hes just mad that his team value dropped after james gave him the bird and left.


    Dan, Lebron is in Miami now, and HE’S NOT COMIN BACK!!!! That’s a snake move, period.

  • http://slamonline.com jumpman3224

    Regardless of if you think this deal would have made the Lakers better or worse this year, the fact that it was nixed sets a bad precedent and severly hinders the Hornets chances to build for the post CP3 era.

  • MAS

    I don’t know why…but I thing Dan G has a point. The Lakers will end up with a good team one way (trades) or another (free agents) but at least try to shorten the gap between the 99% (Hornets) and the 1% (Lakers). A read some blog where Paul could end up in Golden State for Curry amd still flexible to get a Chandler for example. That at least works on paper.

  • EJ

    Dan Gilbert is like a bitter ex-girlfriend

  • http://slamonline.com jumpman3224

    @MAS: The crux of this shouldn’t be that the Lakers would get better (that is why teams make trades in the first place), it is that teams should be able to execute trades as they see fit for their best return. NOH has been planning for this situation for months and it shouldn’t be up to DG or Sternbot to step in and deny a team’s intentions. If they get a better deal than netting a first round pick, odom, scola and KMart I would be shocked.

  • marc

    So instead Chris Paul is going to leave anyway and the hornets get nothing? Yea thats better

  • Dat Dude

    wasnt it nixed because the league owns the hornets? so this actually sets the precedent for league owned teams only?

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Gilbert is simply protecting his own interst and those of many other NBA GM’s most likely. I for one think this is good news for the NBA. The Washington Generals remark was spot on.

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    @Dat Dude: That is certainly an aspect to it, but the Hornets have been working on this for a while and the NBA could have privately denied this before the fact. Also, from the information I’ve read on this to date it seems like Stern actually has the power to veto any trade but has never used it. Very fine line regardless.

  • Joe

    Anybody else find it ironic that Dan G.’s move is making it easier for Lebron to get a title? Just sayin…..

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    For those of you who think that the other owners voted this down, there was no vote. “Not true that owners killed the deal,” Tim Frank, a spokesman for the NBA, said in an e-mail. “It wasn’t even discussed at the board meeting. League office declined to make the trade for basketball reasons.”

  • feez_22

    Chris paul is a pawn now until he leaves the hornets HIGH AND DRY in the offseason. isn’t that ironic?

  • Sam

    Hang yourself Dan, you worthless douchebag

  • T. Brown

    It is obvious from not only this email but Dan Gilbert’s various other comments and actions that Lebron did the right thing in getting his tail out of Cleveland. No one should play for that man… The only good that comes out of this is that people can see some of what Lebron had to deal with and will hopefully get off the man’s back for making the best business decision for himself and his family.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The Lakers gutted their core to get a superstar point guard.
    A point guard that several folks were saying might not be that good because of his knee injury.
    And that is a Washington Generals move?
    I don’t get it.
    Do we think the Hornets couldn’t trade Scola and Martin later to get picks from a team?
    Or Odom?
    They went from a 7-8 seed with Paul to a 7-8 seed without him, and they have more pieces to trade in the future to get draft picks.
    Nobody was trading a superstar for Chris Paul. Nobody was even trading an all-star for him.

  • Scoop

    Dan Gilbert need to kill himself, he worry about somebody else.

  • http://www.kittywildeonline.com/ RunNGun

    I wonder if Dan Gilbert wrote the letter to David OLAJUWON Stern in Comic Sans?


    Dan Gilbert needs to be as far away from basketball as possible. How are you complaining about the Lakers GM KNOWING HOW THE F*CK TO DO HIS JOB?! Soon he’ll be coming down on NBA fantasy and 2k leagues!

  • http://SLAM Ski

    I think Dan Gilbert is an a** h**** and, thats putting it mildly!
    Just can’t forget the past huh Dan? He’s envious because the
    Lakers are definitely a more business minded organization! The baby
    is still dwelling over the loss of LJ! Dan and Stern drop dead!
    You two surely won’t be missed.

  • Heals

    If only they were at a neighborhood playground and somebody could just smack little DannyG in the face. He’d go home crying and everybody else in the neighborhood could go back to playing the game they way they always have minus the whiny new kid..

  • Fast

    Gilbert is P.O.ed because he is a loser and continues to be out-thought. If this type of trade is such a financial fiasco, have a rule to stop it. This case by case intervention reeks of politics and greed.

  • neaorin

    WojYahooNBA Adrian Wojnarowski
    As for Dan Gilbert email obtained by Y! Sports, timestamp shows he didn’t send to Stern until after 10 PM ET. Trade already had been killed.

  • blue_rasta

    dan gilbert is just mad because he owns a worthless team, in all honesty no self respecting NBA player would play for the Cavs they suck @ss and dan is bitter haha what a sucker

  • Stop Whining!

    Dear Dan Gilbert,
    You are by far the biggest douche when it comes to NBA owners. As if it wasn’t enough when you cried like a baby when Lebron left your miserable city and pathetic team, now you cry to the new grande wizard in stern. Or should I call him stench because his behavior through this whole lockout and bargaining situation stinks. It’s funny how you owners use players and then dump them like weekly trash at the drop of a dime when you feel their services can no longer line your pockets in the way you deem acceptable. As soon as the players who keep generating that revenue for you decide a change of scenery would be nice and no longer want to be your bi#@%, you put the pink panties on and run to stench (stern). Guess what, we are on the brink of 2012. Slavery is and has been over for many years. Get with the times. You want to make more dinero, make better business decisions! Stop crying and get business savvy you entitlement babies! You’re pathetic!

  • derfbilaux76

    First problem is that NOH is owned by the league. So when the Dictator deems a trade not to be in their best interest, of course it will get shot down. From what I understand the clause for the league to approve a trade has been in effect for awhile. But ironicall this is the first time it has been exercised. I dont have a problem with cancelling the trade but they need to give us more detailed information than just “Baketball Reasoning”. As for Danny Boy, in the future dont invest your money into business that you dont have a clue about!!