New Orleans Pelicans — Trading Away Chris Paul
As point guard Chris Paul eventually started to shake the injury bug that nagged him during the early part of his career, it was no secret that his eyes began to wander for a new home, away from the then-New Orleans Hornets.
The team’s ownership group decided they should trade him away rather than letting him walk for free. The worst part of this deal wasn’t that the Hornets traded him; it’s what happened in the trade that made it so bad.
Everyone knows how the Hornets originally had a deal in place that would send Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Lamar Odom, Goran Dragic, and a first round pick. But then NBA commissioner David Stern came in and nixed the deal, forcing the Hornets to trade him to LA’s other team.