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It’s going to be a short season after an even shorter off-season. We had limited time to track player movement, team development and bring you in depth team analysis, like we did last year. So the bros and bro-ettes at NBAO decided we’ll follow in the footsteps of the NBA and provide you with abbreviated team previews in the best way possible, haikus.
Our last installment of NBA Haikus is dedicated to the Western Conference’s Southwest Division. Divorces, drama, veto’d trades, new coaches, suspensions, injuries, more trade talk, and that’s just the Los Angeles Lakers. Will the Lobs Angeles Clippers finally break their curse? Welcome to the Reality TV Division.
Western Conference - Southwest Division:
Dirk saves legacy
Cuban steals the Candyman
Khloe does Dallas
Gasol trade falls through
Still no big men! McHale asks
“Can we sign Joe Smith?”
See, the thing about
Darrell Arthur’s Achilles:
Memphis still has swag!
New Orleans Hornets:
Meditate Dell Demps
Find peace and center your Chi
San Antonio Spurs:
Time is a factor
Tim is on his final run
A great run it’s been
Another day, another potential Chris Paul trade gets killed by David Stern and the NBA. As we all know, the Chris Paul situation is very confusing and frustrating for fans. In December 2010, the league assumed ownership of the New Orleans Hornets until the team attracts a new buyer that will keep the team in the city. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that league has gone as far as running Chris Paul trade talks themselves, superseding current Hornets GM Dell Demps. This maneuver by the league has obviously made it difficult for Demps to do his job and make another deals. Will David Stern object to each move that the team makes?
This situation brings one question: when in professional sports has the governing body taken so much control over a franchise? In the last few years, Major League Baseball has come and worked with cash strapped franchises like the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers before eventually finding new ownership (Hopefully soon in the case of the Dodgers). The MLB didn’t prevent the Rangers from acquiring Cliff Lee during the 2010 season. The NFL never stepped when it seemed like Al Davis had gone insane with the Raiders.
At various points of the last two days, young Clippers Eric Bledsoe was also a part of the Clippers/Hornets deal, but for David Stern these potential deals weren’t quite enough. Not necessarily knocking your teams, Hornets and Minnesota Timberwolves fans, but let’s say the Clippers deal went through and the Hornets became a lottery team. Let’s also assume that the T-Wolves was also a lottery team. The Hornets would have two first round picks in the 2012 draft. A draft that’s said to be stack with talent. [FYI: The Clippers acquired the 2012 1st round pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves. It’s unprotected.] The Hornets could have also flipped players like Chris Kaman for draft picks as well.
The NBA isn’t allowing Dell Demps to do his job and has put an additional asterisk next to the 2011-2012 season. The lock out season and the season that David Stern didn’t let Los Angeles make a big trades.
When I initially came up with the idea for this piece, it seemed like the Chris Paul/Clippers wasn’t necessarily a done deal, but it felt like there was a chance. A chance that the Clippers could steal a bit of thunder from their cross hallway rivals. Yet, the deal is apparently dead, but may be reworked at a later time.
It would be a travesty to allow the Lakers to acquire Chris Paul in the apparent trade being discussed.
This trade should go to a vote of the 29 owners of the Hornets.
Over the next three seasons this deal would save the Lakers approximately $20 million in salaries and approximately $21 million in luxury taxes. That $21 million goes to non-taxpaying teams and to fund revenue sharing.
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?
Goooooood afternoon basketball fans. We’re not gonna waste any time today.
This one will be interesting. One of the most classic logos of the NBA will be taking on an alternate logo that was very popular with you guys, as the Celtics take on the Hornets. Our other matchup features the Pacers and the Timberwolves.
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