Report: NBA Owners Kill Chris Paul, Lakers Trade

Update: ESPN is reporting that Chris Paul will not report to Hornets training camp on Friday.

(CBS) — NBA owners have reportedly complained enough to the league to kill a deal that would have brought All-Star Chris Paul to the Lakers in a three-way trade, with Lamar Odom heading to New Orleans and Pau Gasol going to Houston.

The NBA owns the Hornets and it is believed other owners from across the league put tremendous pressure on commissioner David Stern to void the trade, or force the Lakers to add more players to the deal.

In response to the nixed trade, Paul tweeted, ‘WoW.’

NBA spokesman Mike Bass told the Associated Press: “It’s not true that the owners killed the deal, the deal was never discussed at the Board of Governors meeting and the league office declined to make the trade for basketball reasons.”

Paul, 26, is averaging almost 19-points a game for his six-year career, with 10 assists.

The Hornets gave the Lakers a scare in the opening round of the NBA playoffs last season, led by Paul’s speed and passing.

The point guard scored at least 20 points in each of the first five games of the series versus LA.

New Orleans has been listening to offers for “CP3”, because he is entering the final year of his contract. He can become a free agent after this season.

  • Laker

    Good, we no longer have to see Khloe K. or their annoying family on the sidelines.

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  • Ryan

    If the league can just veto any trade they want then what’s the use in even playing the games. what are the hornets supposed to do? Just keep a guy who obviously doesn’t wanna be here in New Orleans, lose him next season without getting anything in return? If we can’t trade with the Lakers does that mean we can’t trade with ANY large market teams? if the NBA doesn’t want Superteams then why didn’t they void the Heats’ deals to get their big 3?

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