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David Stern: Could’ve reworked CP3 deal, but Mitch Kupchak ‘panicked’

Former NBA commissioner David Stern, who infamously vetoed a proposed 2011 trade that would have sent All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, said attempts to rework the deal at the time fell apart because then-Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak “panicked.” Appearing on the? “Nunyo & Company” podcast, which was released last week, Stern discussed the veto and how the three teams involved in the trade — the Lakers, the league-owned New Orleans Hornets and the Houston Rockets — attempted to renew talks. Stern had vetoed a trade would have sent Paul to the Lakers; Pau Gasol to the Rockets; and Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Lamar Odom, Goran Dragic and a 2012 first-round pick to the Hornets. On the podcast, Stern said he felt the trade could have been reworked but said talks fell apart when Kupchak traded Odom days after the original deal was vetoed. “In the course of the weekend, we thought we could…

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