In 2011, Chris Paul was dealt by the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, and a 2012 first-round pick. The deal set up the Clippers to make six consecutive playoff appearances, while the Hornets — now the Pelicans — reset to eventually build around Anthony Davis, who they took in the 2012 draft.
While that trade had a significant impact on both teams involved, the deal is better known for the other Los Angeles team, which thought they had a deal in place to land Paul a week prior. The Lakers‘ offer for Paul, which also involved the Rockets, was rejected by the Hornets which were being run at the time by the NBA and then-commissioner David Stern.
Stern has been reviled by Lakers fans ever since who felt that the league was in the wrong to reject their deal, but on a recent podcast appearance with “Nunyo & Company”, Stern put the blame on former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak for Paul not ending up a Laker because he “panicked” when the initial offer fell through and didn’t allow the league to restructure the trade as Stern felt they could have.