After not being able to come to an agreement on a contract extension by Wednesday's deadline, Gordon- Who will become a restricted free agent come July 1, may not end up in the Hornets plans at all.
So after the cancelled Chris Paul Lakers trade, Gordon failing to reach a contract agreement, Chris Kaman being on the Hornets trade block, an all the other speculative banter being tossed around, Chris Paul essentially was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers for an unprotected first round pick and Al-Farouq Aminu? If this Eric Gordon situation indeed blows up, All fingers will be pointed at Stern and his inability to be genuine in his dealings in a free market. I understand the NBA needs the Hornets to be viable for a potential buyer, I get that. But the initial three way between the Rockets, Lakers, and Hornets benefited all parties more than the commissioner would have you believe.
|(From Left) Al-Farouq Aminu, Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman|
When we look back in history 10 years from now at blockbuster trades that transpired on Stern's clock, This trade- non trade-veto and again trade will be a severe black eye on his resume. Business dealings among franchises should be just that. Getting NBA approval on acquisitions is one thing, meddling in franchises affairs (especially when legit) is another- In this case, David Stern is guilty as charged.