I would love to get your guys opinions on this because this incident is just a wake up call to why the NBA is becoming such a joke. Players are under contract so unless you're a free agent or you have a no trade clause you CAN'T PICK where you would like to play. Now the owners and GM's do listen to the players when they have a preference and try in most cases but players are now gaining too much power. That race card pulled by Wilbon just proves he's a chump and that tells you that him and all of ESPN are backing the players and CAA. The CAA is a mega agency for the players and have way more power than you believe, look it up.
Let's talk about what's happened the past couple days. As a Celtics fan I've been following this really closely. The Celtics offered....
Rondo (top 5 PG, lowest in top 8)
Green (versatile player, good upside) or Davis (solid PF)
2 1st round picks
For a team losing a top PG in the game replacing him with another and two 1st round picks is pretty damn good. Now Paul has made it known he wants to play with Dwight Howard, Lakers, or Knicks. Chris Paul refused to go to Celtics and that deal was so close a physical by Boston was already done. When Paul refused, the GM (being young and inexperienced that he is) cracked under pressure and took a horrible trade between the Lakers and Rockets.
How horrible you say? Try getting a 31 and 32 year old under horrible contracts for multiple years, a 28 year old guard who can only shoot and has never been successful trying to carry a team, and a back up PG. They also got the Knicks 1st pick from the Rockets and that pick will be pretty low. Oh and they take on like 20+ million and go even farther beyond the cap to kick the luxury tax up quite a bit that the owners refused to approve the trade. Since the Hornets don't have an owner the others would pay for this. So not only do the Lakers get Chris Paul but they dump two horrible contracts that the rest of the league would pay for.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? I'm not being a pissed off Celtics fan because after that I want no part of CP3 and I feel even better after some of the moves the GM Danny Ainge made today. Yes, the Hornets did acquire some talent but would you rather compete for the 8th seed with no key player or just actually rebuild and capitalize off a damn good draft? Now you have Dwight Howard trying to force a trade, Melo last year (at least the Knicks got something in return), and I know Lebron acted like a douche but at least he honored his contract.