Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was the leader of the pack Thursday night to put the kibosh on a three-team trade involving the Rockets, Hornets and Lakers, that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic, Lamar Odom and a 2012 draft pick to the Hornets, and landed Pao Gasol here in Houston.
Gilbert sent an e-mail to NBA commissioner David Stern and other NBA owners complaining that the deal was not in the best interest of the NBA, and that it wasn’t right for a team like the Lakers to not only get the best player in the trade AND save over $40 million. Furthermore, for whatever reason, that was enough to convince Stern to stop the trade from going through.Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was one of the more vocal that agreed with Gilbert’s thinking.
Why did Gilbert and others not want the deal to go through?
They seem to think it’s more-less stealing from the poor to give to the rich. Pssh, please! Bottom line, Gilbert and other small-market owners stand to make money off the rich teams in the league, like the Lakers when they go over the luxury tax threshold.
As for Cuban and his line of thinking, believes that big-market teams shouldn’t be allowed to leverage small-market teams for star players pending free agency. Chris Paul, would of course become a free-agent after this shortened 66-game season.
This was such a good deal that made sense for all parties involved, of course some of the incompetent, greedy owners wouldn’t see the logic involved.
The Lakers would have released themselves of having to pay Gasol about $56 million over the next 3 years, thus only having to dish out just over $16 million this year to Chris Paul, who is playing the final year of his contract.
The Rockets, would have upgraded their team significantly, still of course needing to find that back court scorer they’d be losing in Kevin Martin, but would have freed up enough cap room for them to also go out and acquire a highly sought after big man in Nene.
Nobody gets fleeced here…if the deal goes through. The ones that are doing the fleecing are the guys like Gilbert and Cuban.
The teams involved in the trade are now appealing the ruling by David Stern, and at this point there are no indications that Stern will overturn it.
We’ll have to see how it pans out, and how corrupted David Stern has actually become throughout this confusing, convoluted process.
One has to wonder if the NBA will ever be able to get their priorities straight, and realize what is best for the league, which, as in every sport is fueled by the fans, the ones that enable them to spend the almighty dollar they so covet!