Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  29 responses

Mark Cuban Thinks the Chris Paul Trade Was ‘Ridiculous’

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

With the Los Angeles Clippers visiting the Dallas Mavericks last night, it was inevitable that Mark Cuban would be asked about the controversial Chris Paul trade to the Clippers.

Even more predictable, was that the Mavericks’ owner would deliver an impassioned, brutally honest response.

Mark Cuban blasted the NBA for its handling of the Chris Paul situation when he was still a New Orleans Hornet, expressing opinions about the deal that are shared by many, but rarely discussed so publically by NBA folks.

From the Star-Telegram:

“I don’t think it was about the Lakers, per se,” Cuban said Monday night. “I think it was just the way they did the deal, which was ridiculous. I don’t think it was about which team. I think it was the fact that, even with the Clippers, we just went through this whole (new collective bargaining agreement) and said the incumbent team still has the advantage and then the team the league owns (fades) out, and look how it’s worked out for them.”

The financially-strapped Hornets are being run by the NBA. And on Dec. 14 they eventually traded Paul and two first-round draft picks to the Los Angeles Clippers for Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu. “Bad management gets you bad results,” Cuban said. “It’s hard to judge any trade until it’s done. It’s about the concepts involved and the integrity of what we went through for the CBA. That’s what it’s all about. (The NBA office) screwed the pooch either way. The whole idea about having most of these rules is that you’d have an advantage and wouldn’t have to trade people.”

The Chris Paul trade fiasco will continue to be a sore point for everyone but the Los Angeles Clippers and their fans, becoming increasingly worse as the team improves going forward.

Mark Cuban can probably expect a hefty fine from the League for speaking out of turn, but I don’t think he’ll mind too much.

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  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Say a hundred grand fine for the league’s company picnic?
    Sounds about right.

  • Yesse

    Finally, something that i can agree on with Mark.

  • Baller

    He just wanted CP3 to walk so he could sign him imo

  • http://www.nbafullcourtpressure.com Matt

    I wonder why some of the owners were against the trade with the Lakers when the Hornets would have gotten better players. Every owner wanted to have Paul on their team and they were so furious that he would be sent to the Lakers that they accepted the trade to the Clippers for less.

  • Justin G.

    @Matt…I don’t think they saw past the fact the Lakers would be getting Chris Paul. Never mind that both teams would have improved in the deal, I just think they saw another superstar moved to a big market and they didn’t want to see it again, especially so soon after the lockout ended

  • Sam

    The NBA will continue to stand by that trade and I’ll continue to stand by the NBA.

    To be honest, I think the trade block was about the Lakers. I think it was about the Lakers teaming Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, and Dwight Howard, however they were planning to make that work under the cap. The small market owners went ballistic when they heard about this deal.

    But to say it was a better deal than the Clipper trade?
    I still haven’t heard the person who can explain to me how New Orleans was benefiting from Odom-Scola-Martin-Dragic other than being doomed to mediocrity and unpopularity.

    Instead the Hornets got the 15-20th pick in the draft (T-Wolves), a shot at Anthony Davis at the top of the draft, and a great young player in Eric Gordon who will be an RFA next year, meaning ESPN shouldn’t be irresponsibly reporting that Gordon “can leave next year via agency.” He can leave if the Hornets let him, and if they decide they don’t want to pay him big money, they can work out a sign and trade.

    There’s really no point to being small market mediocre. Go big or go home. The Hornets need to try and nab some of the premier players in 2012 or 2013 (Davis, Noel, Muhammad) if they ever want to become relevant in the Big Easy. It was the right move by the League.

  • Justin G.

    On a side note, SLAM couldn’t have found a better picture of Cuban to put up?

  • http://Google.com Dame

    Mark needs to stop hating, he just mad Macs didn’t get cp3

  • Justin G.

    Sam, how was it the right move to stop two teams from getting better? Your logic is that the league was trying to stop a POTENTIAL teaming of Kobe, Dwight, and Chris Paul? That’s crazy. You can’t stop a trade because you’re afraid of the next trade after that one.

  • Sam

    Justin G., how was New Orleans getting better with that trade?

    Okafor/Scola/Odom/Martin/Dragic, I don’t know how good that team would be but I can guarantee you they’re not getting the 1st pick in the draft and they’re not winning a playoff series.

    That would have been doom for the Hornets, they might as well have contracted them. At least now they have the chance to find the next superstar in the draft.

    The league did what was best for the Hornets- the Lakers? I can’t say they got fair treatment but what do you expect from small market owners (Dan Gilbert) burned by their free agents and out for revenge.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    The Lakers handed you LO for nothing, so you have nothing to complain about.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    it’s funny that the Owners are mad because they can’t restrict the players rights. “This lockout was supposed to give us control of the players careers” is what he is pretty much saying. Get Over It Cuban, your organization has to be competitive & attractive to get your employees to stay, just like any other business in the United States.

  • robb

    I’m sure if Mark could get Dwight and Deron, he wouldn’t find anything wrong or ridiculous about it

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    that’s exactly what he has put Dallas in position to do.


    … exactly ,so stop complaining you dirty greeser.

  • jpm34

    That draft pick is seriously underated part of that deal.

  • jpm34

    Looks to be a very deep draft comin.

  • Yessir

    love the fish face picture they chose

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Mark cuban statement is stupid, david stern said it was about collecting young talent not guys who are past their prime or are maxing out like lamar odom and kevin martin. They acquired that with Eric gordon and the young fella who plays sf and a draft pick if im not mistaken. Their season has been bad but there best player has been injured for most of it. The clippers wouldn’t look to impressive if cp3 had been sideline for most of his time with the clips thus far.

  • poompa

    mark ‘the salmon’ cuban

  • Mike Mihalow

    I’m sure he wouldn’t be complaining if they traded Paul to the Mavs, even though that would support the same argument he’s complaining about.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Stern oughta charge him for making that “duck face” picture..

  • Heals

    But the Hornets got EGordon and, oh he’s only played 2 games, nevermind…

  • bike

    That’s not a fish face on Mark. He wears dentures and that’s just a pic of when he had ‘em out.

  • http://www.slamonline.com the_unknown

    haters gon hate.

  • Kilo

    The whole point is the Leauge pretened that the Hornets were like any other team and they were not all of a sudden when the Lakers were going to get better. A 20 ppg wing and tow all star type bigs are not bad for one point guard.

  • gusisit

    ^ not when the pg is the best pg in the league

  • Hulahula

    And the more funny thing is michael jordan blocked cp3 trade to lakers…hmmm….a conspiracy,right kobe?

  • Rich A

    Sam referred to the league “going ballistic” if the Lakers teamed up Chris Paul, Kobe, and Dwight Howard into a super team, which I believe is correct. However, I don’t remember them “going ballistic” when LeBron, D. Wade, and Chris Bosh conspired to team up, “taking their talents to South Beach” to ostensibly win an unlimited number of NBA titles. They were to going to be the “anti-Lakers” from the East. This would create the prospect of an NBA Finals each year with maybe the best TV demo possible to gather maximum ratings, and, of course maximum revenues, if all went according to plan. Well, it didn’t last year. Instead, we got a Finals for the ages anyway last year, with the “Über Team” being defeated by an unlikely team with only one aging superstar, limited by a wrist injury no less – a team that refused to buy the inevitability of the Heat winning it all, and which played 48 minutes in every game, something that LeBron James still has not learned to do, and which cost his team the NBA title. That makes me question his mental confidence and toughness, in spite of his many physical talents. In the fourth quarter of every game, LeBron James lost his focus and showed lack of confidence and deferred to D. Wade, who just could not do it all himself, even though he gave it his best shot.

    As someone who played basketball for about 30 years until I injured my back, and someone who is just 5’8″ with more mental basketball prowess than physical ability (with a body NOT built for basketball), I would KILL for LeBron’s physical skills and the ability to play in the NBA (I would do it for free, but would accept money if it were offered to me). When he was with Cleveland, the only play that they had in the fourth quarter was to give LeBron the ball and get out of the way. Being on the Heat, he is expected to act as a team player – a concept alien to his pampered mind and for which he is not prepared, which was painfully evident during last year’s Finals.

    So, to wrap this up, Stern’s arbitrary blocking of the Chris Paul trade to the Lakers was an extension of the plan to set the Heat up to be the dominant team in the league for years to come, something that just isn’t going to happen. They may win a title or two, but they will never be the Lakers, or the Celtics, for that matter, (a team I despise, but respect for their accomplishments). Dynasties are not built over night by just throwing “superstars” together. Kareem was traded to the Lakers in 1975, but did not win an NBA title until Magic joined the team in 1979 – and they won the final game WITHOUT Kareem, who was out with an injury. My point being – basketball is a TEAM sport, which means that individual superstars who are unable to play within the context of the team’s strategy are useless, a point which was proved dramatically by LeBron James’ disappearance in the fourth quarter of all the big games of the Finals last year, and, more importantly, the coming together of the Mavericks, not just Dirk, as a team in each of those games that they needed to win, and then doing so.

    It is time for David Stern to retire. The game has passed him by, and what is worse, his tampering with the balance of power in the league is not much different from the recent scandal that revealed what we all knew anyway, that the referees try to do the same thing.