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According to ESPN, the three teams involved in the Chris Paul trade (Lakers, Rockets, and Hornets) will appeal the NBA’s decision to nix the trade:

The three teams involved in the Chris Paul trade blocked Thursday by NBA commissioner David Stern are appealing to the league for Stern to reverse the decision, according to sources close to the process.

There is no indication yet that Stern is prepared to reverse course after taking the dramatic step of blocking the league-owned New Orleans Hornets’ decision to deal Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Technically the NBA can say they simply pulled the deal off the table because the NBA “owns the Hornets”.

The NBA did not issue an explanation to Mich Kupchak, or the Lakers organization. According to Kevin Ding from the OC Register, Kupchak was seen leaving the Lakers facility last night with the teams lawyer.

Also the report is somewhat confusing stating that the Hornets will appeal the decison. Again, technically “the Hornets” are in fact “The NBA”, as the league owns the franchise.

What it basically means is Hornets GM, Dell Demps, and the people that were given free-reign to run the Hornets are most likely appealing the decision.

  • Mike Conley

    Glad someone is appealing the ‘Ruiling’

  • Russell Grant

    Dell Demps worked his ass off to get the best deal he could.  That’s a GM!  Piss on you David Stern that Demps has a better feel for the game than the Commissioner / Gilbert and Cuban’s lap dog.