Originally Posted by texasdave
Sounds like a bunch of whiny NBA owners to me.
Here is the proposed trade:
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...#ixzz1g0Ic8ZsX
If I am reading this correctly, New Orleans obtains Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and a possible first-round pick for Paul.
Is that an unfair deal?
It's hard to say without knowing what else was being offered but it isn't like the Hornets are dealing from a position of strength, so getting Odom and Gasol looks like a pretty solid return to me. I'm not sure that I'd have turned around and flipped Gasol for Martin, Scola, Dragic and a first round pick but I think it's hard to argue that the Lakers weren't giving fair value.
I mean on one hand I can see why the NBA wouldn't want to deal away the club's best asset before trying to sell the team but at the same time how much value does the franchise lose when Paul walks and they get a couple of late first rounders from a sign and trade deal or possibly nothing at all?