So let me get this straight. Last year when the New Orleans Hornets (at that time owned and operated by the NBA) set out to trade PG Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers in a three team trade (with the Houston Rockets) the trade was voided by the league after enough team owners complained about how unfair the trade was, and how the Hornets had to get more in return, causing David Stern the NBA Commissioner to step in.
Here's what that deal would have looked like:
THE LAKERS GET: Chris Paul
THE ROCKETS GET: Pau Gasol
THE HORNETS GET: Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Lamar Odom, Goran Dragic and a 2012 First Round Pick that the Rockets had gotten from the Knicks.
Now Chris Paul is one of the best players in the league, definitely one of the best point guards in the league. You're never going to get equal value, but that's a pretty damn good package, in my opinion. Martin, Scola and Odom are all solid proven players in the league, Dragic just lit up the playoffs, and they're getting a 2012 1st rounder to boot!
So the league stepped in saying that the Hornets (owned by the league, remember?) needed to get MORE back from the teams involved, to give up Chris Paul who was going to leave at the end of his contract.
There was lots of controversy, but the league ended up trading Paul to the Clippers.
Now explain to me, how they can void THAT trade, in which the team giving up the superstar got back a lot of decent to really good pieces and a #1 pick, and yet they don't step in and void THIS trade?
News came out tonight that the Orlando Magic has agreed to trade Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four team trade that also includes the Denver Nuggets and the Philadelphia Sixers.
Here's how this trade rounds out:
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LAKERS GET: Dwight Howard, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark
THE NUGGETS GET: Andre Iguodala
THE SIXERS GET: Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson
THE MAGIC GET: Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, Christian Eyenga and three protected first round picks.
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd, that's it? Seriously? The Magic gives away ... GIVES AWAY... one of the best players in the league, and get table scraps and three draft picks that are PROTECTED?!?!?
Wow. If I was a Magic fan right now I'd be calling and demanding to have my season tickets refunded. How can you have faith in your favorite team's organization when they clearly have no interest in putting the best team on the court.
They had a chance to trade Dwight to the Nets earlier this year for a deal a whole HELL OF A LOT BETTER than this garbage.
Here's what they would have gotten from the Nets: Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, $3 Million Dollars, and FOUR UNPROTECTED PICKS, in exchange for Dwight Howard, Chris Duhon, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark. The Nets offered them a deal that completely puts to shame what they got from the Lakers, and all because of what? The Magic didn't want Humphries, who would have signed a front loaded deal so only the 1st year was guaranteed, and they could have dumped him after that?
Who's running the asylum in Orlando? Who thought this was a good deal to make? For all those saying that Dwight Howard hamstrung the team because he would only go to a handful of teams, keep in mind that he said he'd only go to the Brooklyn Nets. That is when they got that superior offer from before.
As I said before, David Stern HAS to step in and void this if only to keep face. How can you let this go through, when you just a year ago stopped a better trade from going through? It's going to look just like what everyone figured it was: That David Stern was protecting his own team and trying to gouge the competition for more more more.
So if he doesn't step in and reel this ridiculous trade back in, does that not in effect expose him as the tool of the NBA owners that most people figure he already is?
So much for that whole CBA right? Guess the lockout was for nothing. Remember that whole reason for the lockout and the whole thing about the CBA protecting smaller market teams and allowing them to be competitive? Preventing the large market teams from amassing a ton of big time players? You know, kinda like what's happened in Miami and LA now?
How quickly we forget.