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We had no leverage in the Paul Trade

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Demands change According to another individual involved in the talks at the time, the Hornets amended their trade demands from the Rockets at the NBA's direction to say Kyle Lowry would have to replace Dragic in the deal along with Patrick Patterson or Chase Budinger and an additional pick. "Until the trade was complete with the Clippers, they (the Rockets, Hornets and Lakers) were in constant negotiations," the individual with knowledge of the talks said. "(Alexander) doesn't believe the league negotiated in good faith. "They were using them (the Rockets) to up the ante with the Clippers." Stern said he did not believe his role in the trade decision would produce a conflict of interest, calling his involvement a "frozen moment in time."

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