David Stern strikes again!
According to Yahoo Sports, the deal that would have sent CP3 to the Clippers is off. This time, Stern didn't explicitly block the deal, he just made the demands too high for the Clippers to pull the trigger.
It seems that the Clippers' offer of Chris Kaman, Eric Bledsoe, Al-Farouq Aminu and the highly coveted Minnesota first-round draft pick weren't enough for the league-owned Hornets. They wanted Eric Gordon as well.
The Clippers showed the Hornets the door and they were right to do so.
The offer as it was, without Gordon but with the pick, would have given the Hornets cap room in Kaman's expiring contract, youth in Bledsoe and AFA and a high pick in a highly anticipated draft, and was more than enough. It may not have been better than the Lakers-Rockets trade options, but it certainly gave the team more youth.
Stern apparently wants money, youth, a superstar and the kitchen sink to make this deal.
The message is clear: the Hornets will not trade Paul, making the GM position for the Hornets as useful a title as "Campaign Manager" for Herman Cain.
The Clippers leave this with some damage control to do; smoothing the NBA egos of players you just tried to trade can't be easy, but they did the right thing. Sometimes, the best trades are the ones you walk away from.
Caving to Sterns demands would have left the Clippers without much of the nucleus they worked so hard to build. Maybe they can entice Chauncy Billups to come play with the leagues best power forward? Or maybe they sit tight and and wait for the backlash that is sure to come again after another David Stern power play.
Clipper fans, be proud. This time, your team did the right thing by doing nothing.