Chris Paul, Dan Gilbert and How the Trade Fiasco Will Hamper Rebuilding Efforts
A few nights ago, Chris Paul was packing his bags for a permanent trip to Los Angeles to join the Lakers in a trade that would have seen Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and a Knicks first-round draft pick off to the New Orleans Hornets and Pau Gasol to the Houston Rockets.
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert sent an email to David Stern that damned the trade, calling it a "travesty," also throwing in a comment that insults most of the teams in the league to the effect of "When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?" just for good measure.
The first time Gilbert went crazy at the keyboard, it didn't look good. Now this is just the icing on the cake. This was all in response to a trade that, when looked at by any sane person, looked like a good thing for all parties involved that was in no way shape or form invalid.
The average fan doesn't care, heck they probably don't even know who Dan Gilbert is, but NBA players and agents know. These comments and opinions only serve to hurt the Cavaliers franchise more because they are public. If I was an NBA player who wasn't a huge Cavs fan, I would not want to play for Dan Gilbert because he is so obviously against players' rights.
One of the key parts of building a competitive team is being able to get key free agents and now the only way to get those key players will be by overpaying them.
And who knows, maybe some of the other team owners will take the comment personally and not wish to trade with Dan Gilbert anymore.
The weight on rookie Kyrie Irving's shoulders just got heavier because, unless he turns out to be a star that other players really want to play with, we will have no shot at attaining good free agents. That is, of course, assuming his agent isn't going to tell him to cut and run as soon as his first contract is over.
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