What If The NBA Allowed Chris Paul To Go To The Lakers In 2011?

What if David Stern never vetoed the Chris Paul to the Lakers trade of December 8th of 2011? Here’s YouTuber Nick Smith with some thoughts about that question.

And on the fifth anniversary of the trade, former NBA commish David Stern discussed the infamous move on The Sports Business Radio Road Show and said there wasn’t a trade for him to void.

Via Sports Illustrated.

“I’m going to correct your language: What ‘cancellation’? The GM [Dell Demps] was not authorized to make that trade,” Stern told Brian Berger on the Sports Business Radio Road Show. “And acting on behalf of owners, we decided not to make it. I was an owner rep. There was nothing to ‘void.’ It just never got made.”

“When you’re the commissioner and you have two teams that are ticked off at you, as in the Lakers and Houston, and the GMs without wanting to be attributed, spend their time trashing you, the wrong impression can be granted. It was one of the few times I decided to just go radio silent and let it play out, and I got killed. So, the answer is: there was never a trade. It was never approved by me as the owner rep.”

The original deal was CP3 to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to the Rockets, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Lamar Odom, Goran Dragic and a 2012 1st round pick to the New Orleans Hornets. Seven days after that awful tease of a day for the Lakers, CP3 was traded to the Clippers for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and a 2012 1st round pick.