Dan Gilbert did his best to block Chris Paul going to the LA Lakers on Thursday by sending the commissioner a plea to ensure the trade would not go through.  Am I mistaken that this is the same owner who had LeBron James for 7 years?  LeBron James left for Miami, stop trying to project your team’s shortcomings on others.  Also, don’t ever end an e-mail with “please advise,” ass hole.

The Big Lead Sums it up well:

Chris Paul is calling the shots here. I’m sure that’s difficult for some of the rich, white NBA owners to wrap their head around – a 20-something black man is going to dictate to me what happens with my hundred-million-dollar business? – but it is reality.

Yahoo found the e-mail:

Commissioner,

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?

Please advise….

Dan G.

  • Mr. Gilbert,

    So your only objection is that this trade would take money off the tables from the Lakers to other owners in the form of a luxury tax

    “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.”

    So you are saying the Lakers do not have the right to improve their financial position because it would be detrimental to you and the rest of the league. Correct me if I am wrong, but if someone would come in and tell you that you have to run your franchise in a way that would be detrimental to your franchise, but profitable for the rest of the league, you would be okay with that. I think not!!

    I now understand why LeBron left.

  • me

    DAN GILBERT YOU FUCKING PUSSY

    • Vee

      I completely agree with your assessment……..

  • Charlie

    Dan Gilbert is a dumb arse. This guy is a joke of an owner. I never knew the NBA could nix deals because in their minds it’s not fair. They shouldn’t have the right to veto any trades or have the ability to interfere with how any team does buisness unless a team is running it’s franchise in the ground, like the Dodgers debacle last year.

    That’s not the case here. Yes, though the Lakers would have benefitted with Paul, they also gave up Odam and Gasol both. Two All-stars. How was it not fair? The trade would have helped Houston and New Orleans both, because Paul is gone after this year and if Paul stays this season, the Hornets won’t get anything next year but some compensatory picks, hardly anything to help rebuild their franchise.

    I still don’t understand how New Orleans got another team to begin with. They’ve failed in New Orleans already once and are failing there again. Why don’t you put another team in Seattle for example, who supported a team there for decades before it went south. Or even a new city that could support and NBA franchise like Alabama or Missouri (KC) or North Carolina. They frankly couldn’t do any worse.

    Why does the league continue to support a failing franchise that can’t draw fans. I love New Orleans too, but stop feeling sorry for the city and all they’ve been thru. That was then, this is now and they have had 2 opportunities and failed. Move that team and get them off the welfare list. Stop giving them teams they can’t support.

    • You seem unaware of a key detail here – unlike all the other teams, the Hornets are owned by the NBA. They were already run in to the ground and the league purchased the franchise.

      This trade was negotiated by employees of the Hornets, but the owner of the team (the NBA) has the final say, just like the owner of the Heat can veto any deals that Pat Riley wants.

  • yerv

    piece of shit i hope u get hit by a car u and the david stern for ruining the NBA

  • king j

    people need to understand that stern is trying to protect small market nba teams from becoming defunct franchises which would put people out of work. the hornets are a few disappointing season away from being bankrupt thats why the league purchased the team. now with chris not showing up for camp really shows the lack of professionalism he as. the fans have suffered the most in this over priced bidding war between greedy owners and greedy athletes. if i was and New Orleans Hornets fan i wouldn’t go watch a game with the guys they got in the proposed trade, im sorry kevin martin lamar odom and Luis the power forward from houston are not gonna fill any arena and thats what matters most to stern!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Dave

      Yeah but it gives them a chance to win, and that will fill seats. Paul is leaving no matter what at the end of the year, so what your saying is you want nothing instead of something. Stern was bullied by some owners and gave into pressure, plain and simple! Don’t try to spin it any other way than that! If Paul was in a long term contract deal where he was going to be in NO. for years than I might agree but he is not coming back to NO. so Stern just pulled the trigger and killed the Hornets franchise and now we can all watch them bleed out!!!

      • MTH

        I agree with you. Stern did kill the Hornets. Any potential buyer will be turned off by the current state of the CP3 situation. Paul’s contract was one of the stumbling blocks with a potential local buyer who backed out. Until this is resolved (as it seemed to be on Dec 8), no one will buy this franchise. Seems like a stupid move by the NBA, if they actually have any desire to sell the team. I live in New Orleans, and I hope they take their team to Seattle before the Hornets turn into the Cavs South. At least the NOH front office was smart enough to move Paul and get something for him while they can…unlike that pussy Gilbert. I guess Lebron was right.
        What time is the Saints game on Sunday? 😉

  • BIG DADDY

    are u sure you are BUSINESS SABBY dan gilbert??? cause you is a dumb BUSINESSMAN, nobody’s fault you didnt pick derrick williams(best rookie) and kemba walker or any other top 5 draft picks…you had the chance to build a fatastic power house un the nba…NUMBER ONE AND NUMBER FOUR DRAFT PICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ome on man, quit your wining GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • F dan G

    f david stren f dan gilbert all scared because the lakers are improving and just like the heat are becomin a great power house in the NBA.

  • MIke

    The Larkers are getting hosed on this deal. I hope that CP3 plays out this year and signs with whoever he wants to and NO gets nothing in return. Dan- isn’t it the Lakers that just signed a huge TV deal and now has to pay even more into revenue sharing? I can’t wait for Stern to show up in LA so we can tell him what we think of him. I guess he forgot how much Dr Buss has given this league. Can’t wait to hear his thoughts on this. Knowing him he’ll show class. Take a lesson DG.

  • tboy

    dan gilbert is the guy that said lebron was a traitor and didnt show loyalty to the team. dan gilbert is the same same guy that fired mike brown after he lead cleveland to the best record for two consecutive years. where was his loyalty?

  • Vee

    Gilbert, Stern, and Cuban are the biggest Laker haters in the NBA. Gilbert did not have the balls to build his team around LeBron James after he built him up as King James. Gilbert’s own greed and self righteousness left him with egg on his face when the King left for Miami. Now he hates on every team that tries to build up and target towards success. I see why your stupidness allowed you not to build up the team around LeBron. Your cheap ass is also the biggest P*$$y in the NBA. Now B!&%h please advise………..