After David Stern and the League’s owners conspired to nix the Chris Paul blockbuster trade last night, everyone that cares about the NBA was left with a bad feeling in their mouth, and one very angry NBA executive teed off on the commish in an interview with Yahoo! Sports: “As one rival executive with strong ties to the league office said, ‘Stern cared about two things: Selling that franchise for the best possible price; and showing the players that they weren’t going to dictate where teams could trade them. But now, there’s no way that the league can allow Chris Paul to be traded at all, otherwise Stern is basically deciding where one of the top players in the league is going versus having any fair process.’ Officials from New Orleans, Houston and Los Angeles were stunned Thursday night. The killed trade had ripple effects everywhere in free agency and potential trades, and literally pushed the market into paralysis on the eve of training camps opening up. ‘We were all told by the league he was a trade-able player, and now they’re saying that Dell doesn’t have the authority to make the trade?’ said an NBA executive who had periodic talks with New Orleans throughout the process. ‘Now, they’re saying that Dell is an idiot, that he can’t do it his job. [Expletive] this whole thing. David’s drunk on power, and he doesn’t give a [expletive] about the players, and he doesn’t give a [expletive] about the hundreds of hours the teams put in to make that deal. How do the Lakers explain this to Odom? How does Houston deal with the guys it just tried to trade? Scola and Martin are going to be pissed at them, and who knows how long that takes to get over? Explain to me how the league kills this Pau Gasol deal, but allows Kwame Brown for Pau Gasol? To me, this makes the league feel like it’s rigged, that Stern just does whatever Stern wants to do. He’s messed up the competitive balance of this league a lot worse by killing the deal, because you’ve completely destroyed the planning that New Orleans, Houston did and left them in shambles over this. I’ve never been so discouraged about this league, never so down. I mean, come on: Chris Paul is leaving New Orleans in 66 games. He’s gone. And what’s Dell Demps, and that franchise, going to have to show for it?'”
Chris Paul David Stern Goran Dragic Houston Rockets Kevin Martin Lamar Odom Los Angeles Lakers Luis Scola New Orleans Hornets Pau Gasol
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