Will Yoder
Friday December 9th, 2011

Yahoo! Sports attained a copy of an email sent by Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to NBA commissioner David Stern about a recently nixed trade that would have sent New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers.

A part of that email read:

"I cannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player in the trade and saved over $40 million in the process. And it doesn’t appear that they would give up any draft picks, which might allow to later make a trade for Dwight Howard. (They would also get a large trade exception that would help them improve their team and/or eventually trade for Howard.) When the Lakers got Pau Gasol (at the time considered an extremely lopsided trade) they took on tens of millions in additional salary and luxury tax and they gave up a number of prospects (one in Marc Gasol who may become a max-salary player).

I just don’t see how we can allow this trade to happen.

I know the vast majority of owners feel the same way that I do.

When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?"

Gilbert has been known as one of the more outspoken owners in the league ever since his former player, LeBron James, made the decision to sign with the Miami Heat last offseason. At the time Gilbert wrote a scathing letter to Cavaliers fans about James’ decision, and he has continued to be vocal about the importance of maintaining a competitive balance within the league.

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