NBA Trade Rumors: Why Do They Grab Our Attention?

Micah SecorCorrespondent IJune 24, 2008

Each year in the NBA, trade rumors spark questions and possibilities in the minds of the fans.

NBA Trade Rumors have become an American pastime, eventually expanding its grasp to worldwide audiences around the globe.

Every year in the NBA, there is always hot trade rumors swirling about, grabbing the attention of any casual basketball fan.

These rumors are built up through different sports networks, as shows are broad-casted entirely to the theme of trade rumors, giving the viewer a prospect of certain athletes going on the move.

We give our two cents worth in sports forum's regarding trade rumors relating to "our" team, claiming what we think is best for the franchise.

There is no denying that NBA trade rumors are the main subject of conversations all over the Internet today.

And rightfully so.

The Internet is the perfect place to go to inform yourself of the latest and hottest trade rumor in the Sports World.

But why does it draw our attention?

Trade rumors allow us to explore the possibilities and options that could occur in a transaction between two teams. Simply put, this is priceless to NBA fans, including myself.

The likelihood of a trade offers a fan two things: hope or heartache.

Take for example the Boston Celtics last year. After a dismal 22-60 season, they pulled off a series of trades that brought Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to Boston, changing the face of the franchise and ultimately winning a Championship a year later.

Celtics fans were thrilled beyond comprehension last summer as GM Danny Ainge gave the fans hope of an NBA title by acquiring those players. In the end, they prevailed and came through.

Then look at the Memphis Grizzlies. Pau Gasol was rumored to be traded for a good portion of the season.

Grizzly fans were hoping they could get premium value for Gasol to help rebuild the team.

NBA fans were shocked when Gasol was shipped to the Lakers for essentially nothing: The inconsistent Kwame Brown, rookie Javaris Crittenton, rights to Gasol's brother, Marc, and two future 1st round draft picks.

Grizzlies fans groaned abroad in painstaking heartache. GM Chris Wallace gave away their franchise player for nothing as Memphis was mired in last place for the season and the Lakers made the Finals.

I love trade rumors just as much as anyone else, and I can't even imagine what the NBA would be like without them.

They have created an enjoyable aspect to the game as basketball continues to grow in popularity as it becomes an immensely popular spectator sport.

So with all the recent trade rumors in the NBA, fans can only brace for the worst and hope for the best for their team, as all of us take pleasure in the wild world of trade rumors.