In a stunning turn of events, NBA commissioner David Stern has stepped in and vetoed the three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers.
“It’s dead,” a source told Yahoo!
… a group of NBA owners, assembled in New York for the ratification of the league’s new labour pact with the players, protested vigorously that the league-owned Hornets were trading Paul to the star-studded Lakers and convinced NBA commissioner David Stern to intervene.
Here’s what Chris Paul tweeted after the news came out:
According to Yahoo!, Mark Cuban is one of the owners who was pushing Stern the hardest to veto the trade.
The Los Angeles Lakers have traded for Chris Paul, ESPN’s Chris Broussard just reported on SportsCenter.
In exchange, the Hornets will get Luis Scola and Kevin Martin from Houston as well as Lamar Odom from the Lakers. The Rockets will get Pau Gasol.
Some details remain to be ironed out, but apparently it’s a done deal, according to Broussard.
The scariest part for the rest of the league: the Lakers still have Andrew Bynum to offer the Magic for Dwight Howard.
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