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Stern makes wrong move voiding trade

At first blush, it's easy to agree with NBA commissioner David Stern's decision to squash a three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul from New Orleans to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Hey, why let a large-market team get another elite player, right?

Well, it's not the NBA's place to make such a call.

Paul, a top-10 player in the league, will bolt New Orleans at the end of the season when he becomes a free agent, so the Hornets should be allowed to get something before Paul leaves.

Second, while it arguably makes the Lakers better, it makes the Hornets better, too.

The Hornets would have received Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and a draft pick.The Lakers would have sent Pau Gasol to the Hoston Rockets to complete the deal.

Problem was, the small-market owners complained. Loudly.

They were tired of the big bullies getting all the players.

So Stern listened.

I, like most people outside Miami, shuddered at the display LeBron James showed during his free agency tour around the league.

I'd like to see it stopped. But not this way.

This was a move Stern should have avoided.


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