The decision to veto a trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers in a three-team deal involving the New Orleans Hornets and Houston Rockets was made by commissioner David Stern. However, there are several owners who supported the commissioner's decision. One such owner is Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks.
Cuban went on record in a radio interview, transcribed by ESPN Dallas, to pull his full support behind Stern:
"The message is we went through this lockout for a reason," Cuban said Friday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Ben and Skin Show. "Again, I'm not speaking for Stern. He's not telling me his thought process. I'm just telling you my perspective, having gone through all this. There's a reason that we went through this lockout, and one of the reasons is to give small-market teams the ability to keep their stars and the ability to compete."
This isn't the first time that Cuban has opined on a Hornets transaction. Last year, he objected to the Hornets paying a little extra cash to acquire Carl Landry from the Sacramento Kings for Marcus Thornton. His support for the commissioner in this case is therefore not particularly surprising.