The following letter was sent from Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to NBA commissioner David Stern. The email, which was obtained by Yahoo Sports, calls the deal a “travesty,” and urges Stern to put it to a vote. It also seems to run with our earlier theme of the NBA having turned into a fantasy football league gone awry. UPDATE: Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski noted that by the time Gilbert sent the email, the trade was already dead. Still this is a look into the kind of thinking that led to the deal getting crushed. As you were.
If “Dan Gilbert writing an angry letter” sounds like familiar territory to you, it’s because it is: Gilbert also wrote an angry letter following LeBron James’ decision to leave the team he owns. That angry letter was famously written in giant Comic Sans letters, which made it look like it was scribbled by an irate kindergartener who just had his apple juice taken away.
So, in the spirit of consistency, we decided to convert Gilbert’s latest correspondence into giant Comic Sans letters as well. Enjoy.
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?