Friday, December 9th, 2011 at 2:15 pm  |  28 responses

David Stern: NBA Team Owners Didn’t Influence Chris Paul Trade Block

David Stern claims that the League’s other 29 owners had nothing to do with the NBA stopping Chris Paul from donning a Laker uniform, but there’s plenty of evidence around that that’s a total lie. From CBS Sports: “Now Mark Cuban has come clean to the Ben and Skin show in Dallas: ‘The message is we went through this lockout for a reason,’ Cuban said Friday. ‘Again, I’m not speaking for Stern. He’s not telling me his thought process. I’m just telling you my perspective, having gone through all this. There’s a reason that we went through this lockout, and one of the reasons is to give small-market teams the ability to keep their stars and the ability to compete.’ Stern claimed it was vetoed for ‘basketball reasons’ saying that he felt the team was better served with Paul in New Orleans. Everyone knows that’s pretty much bogus because owners like Cuban don’t mind saying they disagreed. ‘We just had a lockout, and one of the goals of the lockout was to say that small-market teams now have a chance to keep their players, and the rules were designed to give them that opportunity,’ Cuban said. ‘So to all of a sudden have a league-owned team trade their best player, particularly after having gone out and sold a ton of tickets in that market, that’s not the kind of signal you want to send. Then, part two of that is all the rules of what you can and can’t do under the new CBA weren’t finalized until yesterday, so how do you really make a strategic decision until you know all the rules? … I mean, obviously, I wouldn’t have been happy, but I would have understood because it was a conversation a lot of owners had long before the Laker deal was consummated,’ Cuban said. ‘It was like, ‘Look, sure, I’d love him. Give him to me in a heartbeat.’ But the whole idea of the lockout was to prevent stuff like that. Players will always have the right to choose what they want to do as a free agent, but the players agreed to rules that said, ‘You know what? Let’s give the home team, the incumbent team an extra advantage.’ And that’s how the rules were designed. I think they’re going to work.’ David Stern released a statement about the trade to try and explain what happened here. Trust me, it’s not good enough and I’m sure this isn’t the last word on the matter.’ 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.’ Free of influence, eh? Obviously that’s not true. Your owners ratted you out already Stern.”

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  • LA Huey

    “We don’t believe you, you need more people”

  • bike

    All this makes sense if NO can keep Paul indefinitely…but the assumption he can walk next season
    Or can he?
    Could the league stop that from happening?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Not only is CP walking after the season, he is mentally “walking” during this season as well.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    things are getting real in this country and the entire world as a whole…..lotta power leveraging going on at all levels of society, world systems are failing, those in power trying to do all they can to maintain status quo- to whatever ends…and I’m not even the conspiracy theorist type, this is what we’re seeing… now we’re seeing it seep down into the game we love. Felt weird about this season when they gave it the green light, still not sure exactly what to expect. Feel like something irreversable just took place yesterday.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    Mark Cuban is a joke. He was in the trade rumors for CP and he’s trying to clear cap space to sign Chris or Deron in the offseason. BS

  • JoeMaMa

    If this was the case, then why was Dell Demps under the impression that he could trade Chris Paul? Such a grievous offence should mean that he should get fired, right? Explicit instructions to keep Chris Paul, only to trade him under the noses of the NBA? Guess not. I guess the league didn’t tell him that, despite all the rumours going around that Chris Paul would be traded. They had to wait until the trade was basically made public before squashing it. It’s either a matter of the league being completely irresponsible in regards to the management of the NO Hornets, or David Stern doing the owners’ dirty work. Either way, it’s a mess. An entirely preventable mess. And it ain’t over!

  • anthony y

    @ Rick, Real talk

  • anthony y

    Everyone knows that stern is in no way telling the truth. The sad thing is now he had disrupted the chemistry of three teams and players are gonna need to be traded anyways due to butthurt. The claim that the league operates in the best intrest of the hornets is crap too. They would have been way better off with the trade. This is about stern (stunned look here) wanting to abuse his power once again by ‘dictating’ where a player is gonna play. It’s not right and its a conflict of intrest.

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  • wishuwould247

    Now the Hornets get nothing for him. They just went from middle of the pack in the west to bottom of the barrel. Some of the owners and stupid, greedy and selfish

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Mark Cuban and the rest of the owners are making it clear Stern is their b!tch. It is funny and weak how Stern is trying to act like it isnt the case. To be honest, he shouldve been fired ever since he said that stupid ‘ultimatum’ bs over the summer and everyone knows it. Now he is just trying to assert himself over the players (who denied him the deal he wanted) and appease the owners (who control his job). This is a joke.

  • LA Huey

    We might want to mentally prepare ourselves in case Stern voids a free agent signing this summer due to “basketball reasons”.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Everyone knows that if Mark Cuban had a chance at getting CP and the L vetoed the deal, he would be on TV crying about how the the NBA hated him and how it was a conspiracy but here he is talking about protecting small market teams. When did MarK Cuban start caring about small market teams? There’s nothing small about Cuban’s wallet or the Mavs.

  • Dyce

    Cuban beefed about last year when the hornets made a trade and went over the salary cap. As long as the Hornets are owned by the league they have to operate in the leagues best interests not theirs.

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

    I think the trade will probably still happen.

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

    This sh!t makes me so angry right now, and I don’t even know why. F*ck.

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

    lol, and I don’t even like the Lakers.

  • Yesse

    Well obviously the nba players are nuttin more then some dancing monkies in David Stern s insane power driven megalomaniac world!! Thus he sits there axing their desire to go somewhere where they can win while singing “3 little monkies sitting in a cage” This is what u get when u allow people that killed christ to run things!!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The League can’t make sure Paul doesn’t walk, but what it did by preventing the trade was to insure that no big market team could sign him without him taking an ENORMOUS pay cut.
    Not just the $30 million difference due to Bird rights but way more.
    The Lakers have no cap space.
    Neither do the Heat or Knicks or even Celtics.
    In order to sign with any of those teams, Paul would have to accept the veteran’s minimum for THREE YEARS to get his Bird rights and big pay day.
    His only other options are sign with a team with cap space in another market.
    But, to do that he gives up $30 million and he has to choose from the middling teams with cap space. By vetoing this deal, Stern set it up so Paul’s only real option is to stay in New Orleans unless he’s willing to leave the city out of spite.
    Chris Paul got screwed for real. There is now way he ends up with the teams he liked now unless they allow the trade to go through.

  • Chukaz

    So what is spern trying to say? that he f*cked up on his own? That he’s the only one responsible for the f*ck up. I say the 3 teams involved should go on strike until the league allows the trade to go thru

  • Dubya816

    NBA turned into a joke. Sure LeBron can go to Miami even though his team tried but Chris can’t leave when his team gave him no options? Stern needs to go and Cuban and Gilbert need a kick to the nuts.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    This offseason has been quite entertaining to say the least..

  • robb

    This man is going straight to hell

  • anila

    Does anyone know how to watch the games online say, the day after it’s on TV? I work nights and don’t want to miss any of the season. Thanks!

  • Jesse Dunns Ghost

    @Yesse: Expressing some hatred there sir? Wow.. Your no follower of Christ making a statement like that..smh

  • BuddhaWearsNorthCarolinaShorts

    David Stern: NBA Team Owners Didn’t Influence Chris Paul Trade Block

    Me: And I’m a robot

  • MaxIsNative

    The NBA. Where oligarchy happens.

  • Justin

    Dubya, Lebron went to Miami as a free agent. Completely different