The League Nixes Chris Paul to the Lakers Deal

In Sportsbetting3s opinion, the NBA got this one wrong

Just hours after a deal sending New Orleans Hornet point-guard Chris Paul to the Lakers in a three-way deal with the Houston Rockets appeared to be signed sealed and delivered, the NBA league office cancelled the trade citing basketball reasons. League officials didn’t like the trade for the Hornets, who were purchased by the NBA last December, and everything was nixed.

The statement from David Stern Friday read …

“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.”

Not good for the Hornets ??? Something is definitely wrong here.

For a PG who has made it as clear as day that he would not remain in New Orleans after this season, the Hornets would have received three quality starters signed to long term deals and two high draft picks. Could New Orleans have done better in another deal ??? Sportsbetting3 doesn’t think so. Will the Hornet franchise be better off with Paul finishing his contract this year and then walking ??? Hardly not.

When we say quality starters, we’re talking about three above average quality starters that will keep the Hornets competitive with a team otherwise dearth of talent.

Lamar Odom is an enigmatic 32-year-old power forward who is as talented as just about any #4 in the league other than Dirk. He’s a career 14.6 ppg and 8.9 rpg guy who has mainly come off the bench. In another situation you would think those numbers would improve. He come off a season where he played all 82 games avgg 14.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg, and 3.0 apg, as the first off the pine for the Lakers. He has two world championship rings and has represented the US in World Play.

Kevin Martin is possibly the best scoring guard you’ve never heard of as he’s been buried on some bad Sacramento and Houston teams. Just 28 out of Western Carolina, Martin is an 18.5 ppg scorer over his seven years. Sometimes injured, he played 80 games for the Rockets last year avgg 23.5 ppg. At 6’7″ he’s and almost impossible matchup for other small guards and is not afraid to take to the hoop.

Luis Scola is a 31-y-o Argentine international that broke out last year at the World Championships and in his first year as a starter with the Rockets. He avgd 18.4 ppg and 8.0 rpg for Houston in 74 games. At 6’9″ and 245, he’s a strong defender and is extremely physical on the glass. He’s won gold and bronze in the olympics and made the 2010 World team along with Kevin Durant.

Lost in the shuffle is PG Goran Dragic who was the heir apparent to Steve Nash in Phoenix before being dealt to Houston for Aaron Brooks. Dragic showed some real buy signs in the Suns playoff losses to the Lakers and has plenty of up side. He’s avgg 6.8 ppg but playing just 16 mpg over five years. His best is yet to come and is certainly no throw in.

The firestorm has just begun and the league has put itself in a terrible public relations spot that could be more damaging in the long run than the lockout. The teams involved have filed appeals so we’ll have to see how it all shakes out as players report to camp today. Keep it here at Sportsbetting3 for the latest happenings around the league.

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