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Ken Berger CBS Sports

The Chris Paul talks that would never die were revived Monday night, with a twist that was enraging some rival general managers. The Clippers' winning waiver claim on Chauncey Billups allowed them to include point guard Eric Bledsoe in the deal, which could push it over the finish line, league sources told CBSSports.com.

But rival executives were circulating this conspiracy theory Monday night: Was it a coincidence that the Clippers were able to get Billups for $2 million when they were negotiating a related trade with the league office, which knew the competing bids?

The salacious conspiracy theory was only perpetuated by the conflict of interest inherent in the NBA's handling of the trade for the Hornets, who were taken over by the league in December 2010. Given the backlash against the soap opera that has dominated the reopening of NBA business after the lockout -- and the potential death knell for the New Orleans franchise if Paul were stranded there and forced to leave as a free agent after the season with no compensation -- the pressure was never greater on the league to ensure that Paul was moved to L.A.

The NBA owners and league office should have spent the lockout ironing out their own problems. What a mess. With multiple bids, it was surprising the Clippers won at $2 million.

LAC: "We can't give up Bledsoe. All we'll be left with is Mo Williams at the point."
NBA: "Hmm... why don't you bid 2 mil for Chauncey?"
LAC: "Huh?"
NBA: "Just trust us."
LAC: "Ok. We bid 2 mil on Billups."
NBA: "Congrats you won the bidding. Now add Bledsoe."
LAC: "Ok."

JR 12/13/2011 12:35:00 AM Edit
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4 Responses so far.

  1. This makes me so mad.

    Hornets were so busy with CP3 talks that they couldn't discuss deal for David West, therefore the deal fell apart and Indiana signed him.

    But now the Clippers can have a trade proposal pending and they are capable of putting in a claim for Chauncey Billups.

    David Stern needs to get smacked around by Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.

  2. JR says:

    LOL Jesse. I do feel that we got screwed out of David West. I mean the Hornets now got nothing for him. If they did the deal with us they would have gotten at least something.

  3. Well West was a UFA so it all comes down to who he wants to sign with... but it's super frustrating.

    BUT i will say that it would have been hard to pry Jajuan Johnson away from me for 31 year old David West. I feel like if the kid is given a chance he could be a similar type player, and definitely a better shot blocker.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The Hornet situation is a mess, but what isn't, is how easy it would have been to solve frmo day one. When the NBA bought the team, someone should have been appointed by the NBA to serve as defeacto president for the team; someone who then would be cut off from all other NBA dealings. Instead, there is this current mess. Which leads me to my next point - Stern must go, and he must go now. This is his mess - how much more do we need? It has been years of his stubbornness, his ego, his defiance that has led the NBA into so many problems. Too many teams (a number of which he added in cities and situations where those teams will never be successful), two lockouts that really failed at all to improve anything, chronic poor officiating, and repeated allegations and frequent signs that the league intentionally and often pulls the strings to push things one way or the other (bad officials assigned to certain playoff games, changing the playoff format midseason, frequent "odd" outcomes of the lottery). I am tired of David Stern and it is making me tired of the NBA.

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