NBA Trade Rumors: Debunking the Top 5 Most Prevalant Trade Rumors on the Web
NBA trade rumors are running rampant and swirling through the Internet at a rapid pace, but a lot of them have been born without any logic or reality for support.
We have already had to debunk a ridiculous rumor that involved T-Wolves' star Kevin Love being shipped to the Lakers in exchange for Pau Gasol, all because of Ricky Rubio's arrival in Minnesota.
With the threat of a lockout looming large and in charge, there will be various rumors as fans crave for some substantial news without any live action.
Let's stroll through some deals that aren't very likely to go down.
5. Tony Parker to the Los Angeles Lakers
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When the news of the San Antonio Spurs shopping Tony Parker hit the web, speculation began to run wildly out of control as to where he could possibly land.
Now that the club has shipped his former backup, George Hill, off to the Indiana Pacers in a draft day trade, they're probably not looking to ship Parker off as readily as they were before.
Even if he were still on the market, Parker makes no sense for the Lakers. He's owed $50 million as a result of the extension he inked last summer and the team has no cap room to take on that type of money.
4. Richard Hamilton to the Cleveland Cavaliers
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Back at last season's trade deadline, Richard Hamilton nixed a deal that would've sent him out of Detroit and to the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN's Ric Bucher.
They might have had interest in the scoring guard at that point, but what would they do with him now? The Cavs are looking to rebuild through youth, and Hamilton is a veteran with a severely bloated contract.
Despite the team still lacking a dynamic scorer in the lineup, this is one scenario being tossed around that likely won't ever gain legitimate traction at any point soon.
3. Josh Smith to the Boston Celtics
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When news initially surfaced that the Atlanta Hawks were gauging the trade market for interest in power forward Josh Smith, Smoove identified four teams as his preferred destinations: Houston, Orlando, New Jersey and Boston.
Despite the Celtics needing an infusion of both youth and athleticism desperately, it doesn't look like Smith is in cards for the team according to Celtics' insider A. Sherrod Blakely, who reported that the team has no interest in the power forward.
Boston fans will continue to clamor for the team to get younger and more athletic alongside young point guard Rajon Rondo, but it won't be with J-Smoove.
2. Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers or Anywhere Else
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As if general manager Otis Smith needed to deny shopping Dwight Howard any further than he already had, he went on record again to the Orlando Sentinel denying that he was actively shopping his superstar.
All of the Dwight Howard to the Lakers rumors should really cease, at least for the time being. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Jim Buss called Andrew Bynum "untouchable" in trade talks, and while that could certainly change, it's rather unlikely that they pursue a deal right now.
The Lakers would almost certainly have to part ways with Bynum in a potential Howard deal, and unlike the majority of the league, at least this (fictitious) rumor is logical from both perspectives.
1. Lamar Odom to the Philadelphia 76ers
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The Los Angeles Lakers might be active in trade discussions around the league, but it appears that the Lamar Odom for Andre Iguodala talks, first reported by SI's Sam Amick, may not have really ever happened.
According to Peter Vecsey of the New York Post, Iguodala's agent Rob Pelinka reportedly fueled the discussions to bring his client to a bigger basketball market and closer to where the agent makes his full-time home.
Odom remains a candidate to be dealt by the team at some point if they are looking to make a major change, but it doesn't look like it'll be in exchange for Iguodala.