Read Dan Gilbert's email to David Stern on the Chris Paul trade
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who knows a thing or two about teams taking the best players from other franchises and building their own super team, was apparently extremely unhappy about the Chris Paul trade.
So unhappy, in fact, that he sent an email to NBA Commissioner David Stern urging him to block the trade. The NBA says the email had no effect on its decision to block the trade.
Below is Gilbert's entire email. What do you think? Does he make some valid points?
It would be a travesty to allow the Lakers to acquire Chris Paul in the apparent trade being discussed.
This trade should go to a vote of the 29 owners of the Hornets.
Over the next three seasons this deal would save the Lakers approximately $20 million in salaries and approximately $21 million in luxury taxes. That $21 million goes to non-taxpaying teams and to fund revenue sharing.
I cannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player in the trade and saved over $40 million in the process. And it doesn't appear that they would give up any draft picks, which might allow to later make a trade for Dwight Howard. (They would also get a large trade exception that would help them improve their team and/or eventually trade for Howard.) When the Lakers got Pau Gasol (at the time considered an extremely lopsided trade) they took on tens of millions in additional salary and luxury tax and they gave up a number of prospects (one in Marc Gasol who may become a max-salary player).
I just don't see how we can allow this trade to happen.
I know the vast majority of owners feel the same way that I do.
When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?
-- Houston Mitchell
Photo: Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Credit: Paul Sancya / Associated Press