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David Stern: Could’ve reworked CP3 deal, but Mitch Kupchak ‘panicked’

Former NBA commissioner David Stern, who infamously vetoed a proposed 2011 trade that would have sent All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, said attempts to rework the deal at the time fell apart because then-Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak “panicked.” Appearing on the? “Nunyo & Company” podcast, which was released last week, Stern discussed the veto and how the three teams involved in the trade — the Lakers, the league-owned New Orleans Hornets and the Houston Rockets — attempted to renew talks. Stern had vetoed a trade would have sent Paul to the Lakers; Pau Gasol to the Rockets; and Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Lamar Odom, Goran Dragic and a 2012 first-round pick to the Hornets. On the podcast, Stern said he felt the trade could have been reworked but said talks fell apart when Kupchak traded Odom days after the original deal was vetoed. “In the course of the weekend, we thought we could…

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Yoenis Cespedes comes up sore in rehab game, out until at least Tuesday

New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes?experienced a setback in his first minor league rehab game Friday night and will be shut down until at least Tuesday, the Mets announced. Cespedes, who has been out since April 28 because of a left hamstring strain, felt soreness in his right quad while running the bases?for the Class A St. Lucie Mets, the team said. He finished 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored and was replaced after playing six innings in left field. In a statement released by the Mets after Friday’s game, Cespedes said, “It was good to get back on the field today. It’s been really hard being away from the team. I look forward to hopefully getting back to New York soon.” Cespedes originally injured his hamstring against the Phillies on April 20, but the Mets chose not to immediately place him on the disabled list. He missed three games and then came back, but he reinjured the hamstring against the Braves on April 27. He has been on the DL…

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