This whole week was crazy in the NBA. So many blocked trades, rumors, and conspiracy theories swirled around the NBA. First lets start with the beginning. The New Orleans Hornets currently DO NOT have an owner. So the NBA bought out the previous owner and is holding onto the team until a new owner buys the team. To be fair, the NBA hired staff for the Hornets, and the team was ran just like every other team. The General Manager (GM), decides who to trade, who to bring in by Free Agency, or to draft from college, basically run the teams front office. The Hornets currently have a situation where their best player (Chris Paul – who is a TOP 5 player in the league) asked to be traded and will not sign a contract extention. Instead of dragging out trade rumors effecting players emotions and play on the court (as it did with Carmelo Anthony’s trade rumors from last season), the Hornets decided within the team that it would be best to trade Chris Paul before the season starts. (Also they wanted to trade Paul because they would rather trade him and receive real good talent back, then him become a free agent and not receive anything in return, like the Cleveland Cavs did with Lebron James).
Last week, it was announced that 3 teams agreed in a trade to send Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, Pau Gasol to the Houston Rockets, and Hornets would receive Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and draft picks. Once it was announced publicly that there was a trade, the NBA stepped in and blocked the trade – For Basketball Reasons. This is the first time ever in any USA Sport that a league has blocked a trade. And with a comment that does not make sense. No one knows what “For Basketball Reasons” meant, but critics, players and fans have voiced opinions through media outlets and social networks on how an agreement can be blocked from the league, citing conspiracy theories and unfair advantages due to the NBA knowing all executive trade talks and future decisions from all other teams. After the initial trade was agreed upon, then blocked, Lamar Odom from the Lakers told the front office executives that he would like to be traded. The Lakers then sent Odom to the Dallas Mavericks for a trade exception (the Lakers basically made cash available to sign a player or trade for a player for what Odoms salary was) and a draft pick, giving Laker fans hope they could trade for Dwight Howard.
A few days ago, it was announced that the Los Angeles Clippers have made a trade with an agreement with the Hornets, and for a day it was looking like the trade was going through. But yet again, David Stern decided to block the deal, sending a frenzy that everyone in sports was talking about. With the Clippers and The Lakers both actively pursuing Chris Paul, the Hornets had to choose which option was best for the team. With the Lakers giving up a key piece in the trade scenario, they were rumored to trade Pau Gasol and mystery players. The Clippers have offered a package of Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al Farouq Aminu and Minnesota’s unprotected draft pick (which means the worse the Timberwolves are, the better the pick will be, and most are expecting the T-Wolves to have a horrible year. And unprotected means no matter what pick it will be, the Hornets will own it, even if its the #1 Pick). After 2 days of negotiating, the Clippers won with the best deal, and after 10 hours of the NBA approving the trade, it was finally official.
This trade means a whole new day and outlook for the Clippers, and now boasting a team with 2 ALL STARS (Blake Griffin and Chris Paul), and 3 Former ALL STARS (Chauncey Billups, Mo Williams and Caron Butler), and resigning De’Andre Jordan and keeping Eric Bledsoe, the Clippers now bring as much excitement if not more, for the Clippers than the Lakers. Word is, the Clippers sold out all season tickets, which, if true, its the first time in their history that has been done. We will now see how the teams from Los Angeles play this out. The Clippers still are under the cap, and they can still sign good talent, and they do have the momentum that other players are going to want to play for this team. And the Lakers, who has basically traded away Lamar Odom for nothing, and signed role players who are not expected to make a huge impact on the roster. With the Lakers, if they end up not trading for Dwight Howard with the trade exception from the Lamar Odom trade, they may be starting a downhill battle with players like Kobe and Pau already in their 30′s. Only time will tell, but I can tell you that Los Angeles is going to be buzzing around basketball and Staples Center is going to have new life with the Blue and Red (Clipper colors).
Welcome to Los Angeles Chris Paul!
The Clippers Press Conference to Introduce Chris Paul will start at 5pm Today!