My understanding is that Stern wants to put a halt on players dictating where they wanted to play, like that Carmelo Anthony thing of a year ago. But um, commish, in 66 games, Chris Paul is going to dictate where he wants to play anyway. In 66 games, he's "outie like Curt Gowdy" from New Orleans, so why not allow them to get some good players instead of losing him for nothing, sir? It's not like the Lakers were giving them a ball-boy and a cheerleader for Paul. The Hornets were going to get Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin and some extra goodies for their once-franchise player. What's wrong with that, sir?
Was Stern influenced because some owners, like disgruntled Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, "cried bloody murder" when they learned of the blockbuster trade? I think so.
Bad move, commish!