Chris Paul Trade Called Off
Somewhere in between the time it took for me to park my car in Downtown Los Angeles at 6:00 p.m. and the seven-block walk to the STAPLES Center, the Lakers' Chris Paul trade has been called off.
According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA commissioner David Stern acquiesced to owners who complained about the trade. According to the NBA, the League office declined to make the trade for "basketball reasons." All players have been told to report to the start of training camp tomorrow morning.
Under the terms of the original trade the New Orleans Hornets would have received Lakers' forward Lamar Odom and Houston Rockets' guards Kevin Martin and Goran Dragic and forward Luis Scola and a 2012 first-round draft pick that was previously obtained by the New York Knicks. Houston would have received Lakers' forward Pau Gasol.
According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, Paul is working with NBPA executive director Billy Hunter to fight the NBA's kill of the trade.