Chris Paul will make $16.3million this year no matter where he plays. He will then have the option to make $17million next year or become a free agent.
So he doesn't get to play for the Laker this year. So what? He can sign with them next year or the year after.
The NBPA is starting to go down a new road when it comes to how a Union and a Professional League do business.
The NFLPA does not care where a player plays as long as he is getting paid and his Benefits are taken care off.
The MLB Players Union does not care where a player plays as long as he is getting paid and his Benefits are taken care off.
To these 2 Unions you can play for the Raiders, Yankees, Rays, Twins or Royals. They could care less. If their players are getting paid then that's all that matters. Their Union has done their job of making sure the players are paid what was agreed upon.
Chris Paul is a member of the Executive Council of the NBPA. Now he wants to sue because he will be making $16.3million in New Orleans instead of making $16.3million with the Lakers. That is going to be a real funny lawsuit. He has lost $0 dollars. What's he going to win? New Orleans will take a massive hit with ticket sales if Chris Paul leaves. I ain't going to watch them when they come to Verizon Center if Chris Paul isn't there. No thanks. Those tickets will get killed on the secondary market.
Unfortunately, David Stern owns the New Orleans franchise at the moment. The GM should have checked in with him before he informed the rest of the league. Learn from some of the other GM's who make it a point to not comment until a trade is consummated.
So he has to wait another year. So he has to wait until the contract he signed has expired. Then he can go to any team he chooses to go to. What a country!