How is he getting fucked? He's still getting paid the max for another year in New Orleans or wherever else he goes. He signed a contract. If he didn't want to play in New Orleans then he shouldn't have signed such a long extension. IT's as simple as that. Players give up their freedom to move whenever they sign long term deals.
Time for the players to learn they don't have ultimate power in the league. If he was the first, then it's too bad. He won't be the last.
Now, I'm not naive enough to think that the NBA isn't sending a message here...driving a major talent away from a glamour team and almost making sure to not bow to the demands of said major talent. But the salary implications are a valid reason for nixing it to me, though there are much better ways to go about doing things than what the NBA is doing at the moment. That's where they need to clean it up.
if gordon goes to NO, i would immediately offer
portland 2013 pick
okafor and gordon
Last edited by Chef; 12-12-2011 at 10:36 AM.
Not sure I like what the league is doing now. That is 2 fairly good deals, and quite fair, that got right to the end and then collapsed. If Stern is not careful, he's going to have more owners upset with him than he knows. Not a wise idea, even if he plans to retire soon.