Originally Posted by fancylad
if it's via trade, it would be interesting to see them pull it off. Obviously it wouldn't be very good for the league, but doing it through trades seems a lot more proper than the Miami Heat approach.
Disagree. There was nothing terribly improper about free agents deciding to play together. Recruiting beforehand isn't supposed to happen, but it does everywhere all the time, not only In Miami.
A team like the Lakers makes these sorts of trades as a means of bypassing the free agent process, and that just constructs a direct pipeline of the top talent to them, and hurts other teams that can only hope to land lesser talent in a smaller FA market, by clearing up capspace, which in itself often leads to more talent being sucked up by a few teams. But the worst aspect about this particular deal would be the horrible conflict of interest involving a player that is under contract to a team that is owned by the league. Why should LA benefit exclusively from a situation where all teams are helping to keep NOH afloat? Let Paul become a free agent. Otherwise it is going to reek of a league with two tiers in spite of all the talk by owners over the last 2 years.