While the constant trade rumors floating around the NBA lend themselves to more speculation than actual news, there are always some whispers that are far too outlandish to ignore.
Much like those gossip rags in the grocery store that all of us pretend not to read, the most outlandish rumors are oftentimes the most exciting. That being said, those rumors are also the ones you need to comb through and ignore—much like the latest makeup-or-breakup news about Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.
What are the nonsensical rumors floating around the NBA? Here is a look at a few of the most egregious examples and why they are total farces.
Jazz Looking to Move Alec Burks
Drafted with the No. 12 pick in the 2011 NBA draft, the relationship between the Utah Jazz and Alec Burks has been more than a little curious.
It began with the team's insistence on Raja Bell over him for much of last season, which undoubtedly stunted his growth.
With Bell out of the picture, many expected Burks would see extended minutes this season, but that hasn't been the case. His lack of position in the rotation has led to speculation that the Jazz would be open to moving Burks via a trade, according to Fox Sports' Sam Amico:
Word around NBA is Jazz G Alec Burks is available. Burks, the 12th overall draft pick in 2011, has played in just 5 of Jazz's 10 games.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) November 17, 2012
On the surface, it makes a little sense. Gordon Hayward, Marvin Williams and Randy Foye are occupying most of the wing minutes, leaving Burks to get the scraps.
There's just one little thing holding a potential deal back: the risk-reward. Burks' lack of minutes has undoubtedly hurt his value.
That leaves the Jazz with the decision between jettisoning the second-year guard at a reduced rate and finding a way to move Williams or Foye. Considering the potential Burks showed last season, I have a gut feeling we'll see one of the two veterans move before the team gives up on such a talented prospect.
New Orleans to Move Eric Gordon After He Returns?
After a relatively ugly offseason, the New Orleans Hornets and Eric Gordon have been exchanging niceties—especially considering the guard's injury.
Still, playing the media game won't stop the incessant trade rumors about Gordon, who becomes eligible to be dealt in December. According to Hoopsworld's Steve Kyler, there are teams that believe the guard will return from injury just to allow the Hornets to trade him:
Gordon headlines the group of players that become eligible to be traded next month and there are many that believe Gordon will play a few games in mid-December to prove he’s healthy as the team tries to trade him.
There are so many contradictions in this situation, but it’s absolutely one of the ones to watch.
I'm sorry, but if you believe this conspiracy theory, I've got some beachfront property in Idaho I'd love to sell you.
Gordon is injured, plain and simple. It was not too long ago that microfracture surgery was presented as an option to fix his ailing knee. And if this aggressive rehab he's undergoing in Los Angeles is unsuccessful, shutting down Gordon's season still isn't out of the question.
Other teams know these facts. Considering the max contract Gordon signed in the offseason, there is no team that will be willing to make an acceptable offer without seeing him play for a prolonged period.
A few games in December simply won't do the trick.
Anderson Varejao Now Likely to Stay in Cleveland?
Seemingly on the block all offseason, the Cleveland Cavaliers are certainly glad they could not trade Anderson Varejao thus far in 2012-13.
The 30-year-old forward is averaging 14.3 points and 13.1 rebounds, both career highs, through nine games. That brilliant play continues Varejao's ascent from last season before getting injured and undoubtedly raises his trade value.
According to Hoopsworld's Steve Kyler, Luke Walton's hefty contract is now a requirement to acquire the defensive stalwart:
League sources said bluntly, that anything involving Varejao is also going to have to move out Luke Walton and his $6 million ending contract and return youth and draft picks.
That might be too much to ask, so it’s more likely that Varejao stays where he is, but you never know how another team may view him, especially as the trade deadline gets closer.
For now, this is understandable. While Varejao's value is at an all-time high, Cleveland would be remiss if it didn't try to unload Walton.
Nevertheless, that won't stop the Cavs if an attractive enough deal comes along. The team and Varejao are at two different places in their development and Cleveland could get some solid young talent in return.
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