It seems like CP3 is the one superstar that won’t have control over his new destination.
The New Orleans Hornets owners are the NBA. Throughout, the collective bargaining discussions the owners were pushing for a league where superstars couldn’t hop up and meet friends and create a super team. For example, Miami Heat and New York Knicks. So it makes sense that they would prevent a trade that could put the best shooting guard and best point guard in the NBA on the same team. CP3 has no leverage on his team, his request means nothing when the owners can deny everything.
With that said, all dreams of CP3, Melo and Amar’e playing together have been shut down when the Knicks added Tyson Chandler. And dreams of playing with another superstar seems impossible when the owners main goal is to give every team an equal chance at a championship. So where do we go from here? Well, the relationship right now between Chris Paul and the Hornets can be described as awkward, tense, or any other word that relates. The Hornets are aware that Paul wants out, and they know he will leave come summer time. They are going to try and trade him away. Yesterday, the NBA vetoed the proposed trade that would’ve sent Goran Dragic, Kevin Martin, and Luis Scola to New Orleans from Houston. Lamar Odom to New Orleans and Pau Gasol to the Rockets. The Lakers would also receive a 1st round pick from the Knicks via the Rockets. And the man in the middle of all of this Chris Paul to the Lakers.
The owners in some ways had been quite manipulative when this trade was being put together. The Hornets kept the owners involved throughout the whole process. Everything got the ok, which it was why it was a huge surprise to the Hornets and everybody involved when this trade was vetoed. Everyone is stunned.
Where do we go from here? Well, according to NBA.com, A source directly involved in the negotiations told TNT’s David Aldridge Friday that progress had been made in a potential trade of Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Lakers. However, the trade was not expected to be completed Friday and could have several more incarnations before being completed, if it is completed at all. Through my eyes, this trade will go through. If the owners are worried about small market teams losing their stars, then they are making the wrong decision. I can see no other trade that would benefit the Hornets more. They would receive the reigning 6th man of the year and Pau Gasol the man who turned a 42-40 Lakers team in 2007 to a two time NBA championship winner in the past 4 years. For the Hornets as an organisation, who will most likely lose David West to the Celtics, desperately need big men to fill the middle. This trade will benefit them for the future, and they could easily be the best team to lose a superstar.
We’ll just have to see now if the owners will budge, and let CP3 go to Hollywood?