For those of you expecting that Chris Paul’s trade to the Lakers to be done by now, it appears to have hit a snag. Apparently, it hit a snag and commissioner Stern had to veto it for “basketball reasons”.
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was allegedly against the deal and decided to send the below e-mail to David Stern where he calls 25 of the other NBA teams, “The Washington Generals” along with reasons why the trade should not go through.
Here is part of the e-mail courtesy of Yahoo Sports:
I cannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player in the trade and saved over $40 million in the process. And it doesn’t appear that they would give up any draft picks, which might allow to later make a trade for Dwight Howard. (They would also get a large trade exception that would help them improve their team and/or eventually trade for Howard.) When the Lakers got Pau Gasol (at the time considered an extremely lopsided trade) they took on tens of millions in additional salary and luxury tax and they gave up a number of prospects (one in Marc Gasol who may become a max-salary player).I just don’t see how we can allow this trade to happen. I know the vast majority of owners feel the same way that I do.When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?Please advise….