NBA Rumors: Dismissing the Most Absurd Rumors of the 2012 Offseason
There have been a handful of absurd rumors during the 2012 offseason, and there will be another couple of them before training camp starts.
While fans would love to be GM's, we don't know what happens behind closed doors in the NBA. Nor do we know the vision of GM's across the league for their respective teams.
One of the fun things about rumors is that almost anyone can be involved, including retired legends that have accomplished things that will probably never be duplicated.
Think NBA rumors are limited to just people?
If so, then you're wrong, as organizations can move similar to a player leaving a team in free agency.
It's always fun to dispel rumors, especially when looking ahead to an exciting new season.
James Harden Getting Traded to the Bobcats for the Second Pick in the Draft
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Prior to the NBA draft, Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com added legitimacy to the rumors that the Charlotte Bobcats were trying to trade the second overall pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The problem with this rumor is that it wouldn't have made sense for the Thunder to break up their team before making one last title run.
Oklahoma City will enter this season as one of the three favorites to hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy next June.
Harden, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook form the most explosive offensive trio in the NBA and should only improve as their careers progress.
If Charlotte had acquired Harden, imagine how he would have felt.
In a flash, he would have been traded from the defending Western Conference champions to the team that posted the worst winning percentage in the history of the NBA.
There may be a day that the Thunder trade Harden rather than signing him to a lucrative extension, but it wasn't going to be before the 2012 NBA draft.
The Sacramento Kings Moving to Virginia Beach
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The Sacramento Kings may not be known as the Sacramento Kings in a year's time, but the Kings won't be moving to Virginia Beach as rumored by hamptonroads.com.
While the Kings haven't been able to secure a new arena in Sacramento, there are plenty of other viable cities that would bid for the Kings' services if they became available.
For example, the Kings would be a more natural fit in Seattle or Kansas City.
There will continue to be rumors until the Kings solidify a long-term plan.
The future of the Kings on the court isn't clear either, as Tyreke Evans is entering the final year of his contract.
Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets
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Remember when the Houston Rockets were among the front-runners in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes?
At the time, it was rumored by ESPN that the Rockets were willing to trade the Magic a handful of their young assets and draft picks, while taking back a few of Orlando's bad contracts.
As it turned out, the Rockets were never willing to give the Magic a combination of young players and picks while also taking back bad contracts without an assurance from Howard that he would re-sign.
It would have been crazy for Rockets GM Daryl Morey to mortgage the future of the franchise for a player that was likely to spurn them for another team when his contract expires.
Howard always had control in determining where he would wind up due to the hefty price that it was going to take to acquire him. It would have been a surprise if a team that didn't strongly believe in their ability to re-sign Dwight landed him via trade due to the inherent risk of having such a valuable asset leave in free agency for nothing.
Dwight was never going to fill Hakeem Olajuwon's shoes, although there was a report by foxsportsflorida.com about the Dream recruiting Superman to Houston.
Phil Jackson to the Orlando Magic
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Prior to the hiring of GM Rob Hennigan and the trade of Dwight Howard, there were murmurs that the Orlando Magic were interested in hiring Phil Jackson to a front-office position.
Were the Magic really so desperate that they would have paid Jackson a small fortune to enter their front office?
The answer ultimately turned out to be no, although Jackson's thoughts on the potential deal weren't made clear at the time.
There were rumors and reports by Sports Illustrated that Jackson was interested in the Magic because he would be given a minority ownership share in the team.
The only thing that made sense about this came from the perspective of the Magic, as the arrival of Jackson could have been used as a tool to try to persuade Howard to stay with the team. In my opinion, even the Zen Master himself couldn't have convinced Howard to stay in the Magic Kingdom.
Jackson joining the Magic in a management role didn't make sense, which is why it never came close to being a reality.