So this happened again:
The reason for the Lakers' withdrawal was not immediately known.
Which means this is happening again
Let's start with the Lakers deal. This is why a league shouldn't own a team. Now there are conspiracy theories that Marc Cuban vehemently opposed the deal so he could swoop in and steal Lamar Odom with the trade exception he got from the Tyson Chandler sign-and-trade. It seem plausible enough… so get ready for a whole lot of that.
As for the Celtics… Danny wants Chris Paul, so the rumors will continue to swirl. Though, as I was just asked on Twitter, you have to wonder at what point the Celtics say "this is our team…. end of story."
Knowing Danny… that won't happen. If he can swing a deal to make the team better, he'll do it. My question now is… did the deal for Jeff Green alter the deal New Orleans was offered? It included a sign and trade for Jeff Green… but Green is now signed for $9 million. Is that too much for the Hornets now?
**Update: As Paul Flannery reminded me, you can't trade a player for 2 months after you sign him.