The NBA is trying to sell the Hornets and it would be a lot harder to do that with a lot more guaranteed salary. The Hornets got youth and draft picks, much better than old players on large contracts.
The Hornets with the Lakers deal would baaaaaarely reach the salary FLOOR next year. And that would be with Kmarts 12 million expiring deal. Lets not act like cap space is actually an issue.
And its never hard to sell an nba team. The founder of oracle said he bid 350 million. More than the NBA bought them for.....
Its not an issue of finding buyers. People bid for NBA teams and the NBA decides who to allow in based on a lot of issues. In this case...the desire to keep the team in NO is the major one. Larry Ellison was rumored to move them to San Jose.
The NBA having trouble selling a team is just straight fiction. Put an NBA team up for sale people come to you. But a desire to buy it and the money arent the only factors.
Its no doubt true the NBA wants to build up the fanbase so ticket sales and support look better so a new owner might keep them where they are. But really...they wouldnt go for Chris Paul on a playoff team.
Eric Gordon is not half the attraction he was.