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The Angels also picked up CJ Wilson for five years, $77.5M. Wilson has been a starter for two years and is already 31. I'm just happy the Yankees didn't pick him up. The Angels will have great starting staff with Weaver and Haren and Wilson.
But they'll also have a 2012 payroll of over $180 million. That means that we'll see at least three teams (Sawx, Anaheim, and Phils) in the $160-$180M range next year. Meanwhile, the Yankees' payroll in 2012 will be what it was SEVEN YEARS AGO. So I guess there will be four evil empires now.
Owner Jeffrey Loria busted out the once-a-decade Marlins Credit Card, signing Jose Reyes and Mark
Tangent: iTunes awarded Tiny Tower as the best game app of 2011. I have Tiny Tower. It requires no skill and has not a hint of complexity. And I don't mean that in a Zen way. I mean that in a "barely holds your attention while you sit on the toilet" way. I should know.
The Lakers gave up Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom for CHRIS PAUL. He gets all caps because he is awesome. And there are rumors floating, like oh so many methane-loaded turds, about an LA-Orlando trade based around Andrew Bynum and Dwight Howard. If that goes through, the Lakers will run the table...... for the regular season. And the playoffs.
They don't even need Howard. Even with Bonehead Bynum playing occasionally, the CP-Kobe duo is monstrous. It's perfect if you think about it. Kobe wants the ball on every single play and CP is the best passer in the game. As you can tell, my knowledge of on-court strategy is vast. Vast.
[Wow, now I'm remembering that Yankee team. By 2005 they'd picked up Sheffield, Randy Johnson, and Kevin Brown. F***. I guess I was just rooting for the uniform.]
Conversely, I'm not a Lakers fan (Go Clips!). But I am a Chris Paul fan. I wish the Clippers had traded for him, but they have no good pieces to deal--
BREAKING NEWS! (okay, it was breaking news when I started writing this last night) The majority of NBA owners have blocked the trade. Wow, what has happened to David Stern? He's more like Daniel Stern now.
Here's the scoop: The Hornets are owned by the NBA, which means that each team owner has an equal share in the ownership. This was supposed to allow the Hornets' general manager to deal openly with other teams, like any other GM. But because this hurt some billionaires' feelings, as there was worry about the Lakers carrying an all-star team, they shotblocked this deal. Stern clearly has no control over the owners and he handled the lockout like a fool.
And now a classic snippet from this morning's media blitz:
"I don't want to speak on the basketball side, but that particular one was weighed against Chris Paul's continued presence in New Orleans," Stern said in New York at the NBA's offices.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank said Thursday the deal was blocked for "basketball reasons." The league owns the Hornets and is trying to sell the club.
So, um. What? Yes, let's not speak about the basketball side since you're the commissioner of Whack-A-Mole. But then your spokesperson said that the deal was blocked due to the basketball side.
Well done. Keep up the good work. And to conclude, "Morons. I've got morons on my team."