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Derek Fisher criticizes David Stern for nixing Chris Paul trade

As the team's point guard, Derek Fisher surely knows what would happen should the Lakers pick up Chris Paul in a trade.

Fisher would immediately lose his starting job. His playing time would likely shrink. And who knows whether the Lakers would still value the locker room presence he continually provides.

Said Fisher: "It would have a great impact on having a guy like Chris on our team."

But as the president of the National Basketball Players Assn., Fisher strongly disagrees with Commissioner David Stern spiking a three-team trade that would've sent Paul to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to the Rockets and Lamar Odom to the Hornets. The move validates Phil Jackson's prediction that the NBA overseeing the New Orleans franchise creates conflict of interest. It contradicts the system issues the owners afforded to the players union to maintain market leverage. And it sets up a bad precedent for future trades involving any team dealing with the Hornets

"There shouldn’t be arbitrary reasons why guys can or cannot get traded," Fisher said Friday at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo. "If two teams want to make a deal and things work and things work and it’s within the parameters and the boundaries of the CBA, it shouldn’t be held up for reasons other than those things."

Paul has reportedly threatened to file a lawsuit against the league, but Fisher maintained the players union will keep a wait-and-see approach after ratifying the labor agreement on Thursday. Meanwhile, The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner report the Lakers, Hornets and Rockets continue talks in trying to find a deal to the league's liking.

"We’ll continue to monitor the situation, and it seems to change every few minutes. It’s hard to say what decisions will be made until this thing plays itself out, because there’s so much at stake for so many different players and teams involved," Fisher said. "Hopefully a solution is found sooner rather than later."

--Mark Medina

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