Star forward Paul George of the Indiana Pacers has reportedly told his current club he plans to leave at the end of next season when his current contract expires, desiring to go home and play for the Los Angeles Lakers. This naturally has put the Pacers on Red Alert and has had them approach current Eastern Conference juggernaut, LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers, about a potential deal which with all respect to Indiana who has been put in a difficult spot by their star, and to Mr. George should be tabled by the League office, even before I am done typing this article. I have already decried what I call Super Team Disease and I will continue to do so, and I understand that the Pacers would like to get some return for their elite forward if they cannot convince him to stay but for the sake of the League’s health Cleveland does not need another star player and they should not get one.

This kind of big trade has been vetoed once before by the Commissioner’s office, former NBA Commissioner David Stern cited basketball reasons when he blocked a December 2011 trade that would’ve sent Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets (now the Pelicans) to the Lakers (he ended up in Los Angeles playing for the Clippers instead) to prevent the Lakers from gaining a seeming competitive monopoly. In an email released to the press one of the main opponents of the vetoed trade was current Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert who called the deal “A travesty” and proposed that allowing such a deal would render all but a handful of teams, competitively neutered. Ignoring Gilbert’s flagrant hypocrisy entirely, the Chris Paul trade and the Paul George trade weren’t/wouldn’t be totally unbalanced as Love is an All-Star as was the Lakers centerpiece Pau Gasol who would’ve gone to the Rockets with the Hornets receiving Kevin Martin and other proven NBA Talent. Paul George and Chris Paul are more than that though they were/are top ten players in the league at the time of these negotiations. It may not be as straightforward as it was in 2011 (at the time the Hornets were owned by the league so a considerable amount of leverage was held by the league over the teams affairs) but if Adam Silver does not want fans asking in Dan Gilbert’s 2011 words “When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?” he should do everything in his power to prevent George from going to Cleveland. Because having the league’s problem of being unbalanced made worse for the sole benefit of one team in Indiana wouldn’t be right for those 25 other presumptive Washington Generals owners, isn’t that right Mr. Dan Gilbert?

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