And like that, we’re back to square one…[updated]

Update at the bottom.

Unless something has changed in the two minutes that have transpired since I began typing this post, we’re back to square one, sort of, with the Rockets, Lakers, and Hornets trying to revive the blockbuster that was mercilessly axed by David Stern last night.  A lot happened today.  Typically I’d be down enough that I missed the start of camp and will also miss media day but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  It just so happened that the most bizarre 24 hours in maybe any team’s history–after months of mind numbing silence, mind you–had to go down just a day before my first of three final exams.  (I’m a second year law student.)  Why, God?  Why?  In the last day, the Rockets traded half their team for Pau Gasol, had it nixed by the league, we heard through Bill Simmons that Daryl Morey was apparently contemplating resigning, and faced tampering allegations that would lead one to believe we actually pursued Dwight Howard.  Exhale.  Oh, and training camp was taking place as well, apparently.

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Open thread for today’s developments

I won’t have access to a computer for the remainder of the day but I wanted to at least provide a spot in which you can discuss today’s developments as they unfold.  As always, thanks for reading.

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Orlando considers tampering charges against Rockets

Via SI’s Chris Mannix:
Orlando not pursuing tampering charges against Houston, source directly involved tells
This tweet and its subsequent discussion seems to suggest that the Magic had considered filing tampering charges against Houston for an alleged meeting earlier this week between Dwight Howard and Kevin McHale.
The Magic team reps haven’t issued a statement, but presumably their cooled tempers can be attributed to the fact that Houston, apparently, does not have a redeemable ticket to the Dwight sweepstakes. Thus, the team’s alleged tampering can now be viewed a toothless effort not worth making a stink about.

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After subsequent developments/ample time to reflect…man, I hope this trade goes through in the morning

UPDATE AT 9:23 AM ON 12/09/12 below.

You can read my stream of consciousness from the front page: I didn’t like the deal from the start.  Not because we’d lose Scola/Martin but because I thought it ensured mediocrity.  I didn’t understand why we weren’t getting Chris Paul if we were giving up all the assets to get him.

Then Dwight Howard’s intentions were revealed which Morey probably knew all along.

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Who is Pau Gasol?

This trade has since been killed by the NBA. – Ed.

As I write this, a three-team deal that would make Chris Paul a Laker, Pau Gasol a Rocket, and Kevin Martin, Lamar Odom, and Luis Scola all Hornets is reportedly being finalized. More details are available to publish, but right now they aren’t important. What is, from the perspective of basketball fans in Houston, is this: Can Pau Gasol be a franchise player? The question is convoluted in that both pro and non believers have firm arguments, yet each must accept truths on opposing sides of the fence. Gasol wasn’t polarizing before the lopsided trade that sent him to Los Angeles. He was appropriately analyzed as being a very good big man, yet one destined to play second fiddle. Evidence of this is one organization suddenly halting its construction of a castle at Gasol’s feet, and instead thinking they’d be better with Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton (…) and some draft picks.

He was a multi-skilled, multi-lingual gentle giant with soft touch and inner warmth for opera; a spare part making over $12 million, not someone who could lead you to a championship. (Gasol was 0-12 in playoff games before being traded to the Lakers.) Read More »

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