David Stern explains why he blocked Chris Paul trade
NBA Commissioner David Stern issued a statement Friday about his decision to block the deal that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, who would have given up Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom in a three-team deal involving New Orleans and Houston.
Stern has come under heavy criticism from some for blocking the trade. Many small-market team owners appealed to Stern to block the trade, but Stern says in the statement that that had no impact on his decision.
The nixing of the deal leaves the Lakers in a state of flux, with Gasol and Odom both upset over reports of the deal. It remains to be seen how they will react as training camp opens, and what long-term effect this will have on the team.
“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.”
-- Houston Mitchell
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