Leslie Alexander, the owner of the Houston Rockets, said that the NBA commissioner Adam Silver is considering his suggestion to let Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Clippers entire roster become free agents.
“I thought that there’s got to be a way to disrupt him from owning the team,” Alexander said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I gave [Silver] the sword to deal with this. I said, ‘Let the players become free agents.’ I mentioned that to Adam. I told Adam I don’t think he can be removed because the constitution (of the NBA) only allows him to be removed except for gambling. I’m not sure that legally can be done. But if he loses his players, nobody is going to want to go there. He’ll only be able to get a player that is worth $2 million and will play for $12 (million.) And who is going to want to coach there? If you’re a player in the NBA you don’t want to play for somebody like that. If you worked for a company, you would walk away and say, ‘I’m gone.’ I think the players should have that right.”
“He listened to it,” Alexander added. “He said he hadn’t heard that before. He said to me, ‘You always give me a novel idea that I haven’t heard before.’ He told me he would look at it and see what the professionals around him think.”
If such a move by the National Basketball Association is allowed by law is uncertain. Time will tell what the league can do or can not do to punish Donald Sterling for his extremely racist comments towards the African American and Hispanic people. If the Clippers roster is given the right to walk away, big markets like the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and Houston Rockets may be the happiest campers in the league.