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The reality of all those NBA trade rumors

Jun 24, 2011, 12:09 PM EDT

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We love talking trade rumors as much as anyone. It’s part of the fun of being a sports fan, talking about potential deals.

And rumors were flying about like cabs in New York City leading up to the NBA Draft Thursday. Andre Iguodala to either team in Los Angeles. Lamar Odom to Minnesota or Philadelphia (wouldn’t you pay to see Khloe Kardashian in Minnesota?). Monta Ellis to 29 teams, plus maybe to North Carolina for Harrison Barnes. And that was just the tip of the iceberg.

But we should do a little truth in advertising here, the reality is very few of these trades leaked get anywhere near becoming reality. We will let Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak (whose team was at the heart of a lot of rumors) explain, via the Los Angeles Times.

“A lot of the stuff you read the last three or four days was agent-driven,” said Kupchak.

“A lot of times agents these days think the way to consummate a trade is to suggest publicly ideas that they come up with and I think that’s part of the problem, as well.”

Andre Iguodala’s agent is Rob Pelinka. He is also the agent for Derrick Williams, the No. 2 pick who was rumored to be shopped by the T-Wolves to every team in the league. He is Chris Kaman’s agent. (He has a long list of clients including Kobe Bryant, Carlos Boozer and James Harden among others.)

I don’t know where a lot of these pre-draft trade rumors started, certainly not all of them from agents as teams will throw out a thick cloud of smoke screens around the draft to hide their true intentions.

We’re not going to stop talking rumors here, we just want an educated readership on the topic. Know that often these are the wishes and dreams of agents far more than they are reality, things teams discuss seriously. Have fun, but don’t think that Odom for Iguodala was actually anywhere near happening.

  1. tashkalucy - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Kurt,

    It’s not just agent driver, it’s also sportswriter driven.

    But I’ve watched people like Windhurst and Broussard make national names for themselves by writing and broadcasting so-called inside information of which at least 90% doesn’t hold up for more than a few days. It’s my feeling that they’e mouthpieces for agents, hoping to get the inside scoop on a big story. But instead they, and people like them, only display a lack of credibility to the fans that see after a while that their stuff doesn’t hold up.

    Wojo of Yahoo Sports is the only guy I take seriously. Most of his stuff does hold up.

    • cosanostra71 - Jun 24, 2011 at 6:08 PM

      as much as I don’t like him, and as much as he can be wrong, Broussard has done some credible work. I could be entirely wrong, but I believe he was the first to report that LeBron was for sure going to Miami. Windhurst is the one who I believe bolted for Miami from Cleveland with LeBron, which IMO leaves him with zero credibility.

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Speaking for my brothers across the border in Minnesota, i must say there is absolutely no room in MN for Khloe Kardashian’s ginormous ass. And we here in ND would have done all we could to keep the rolls from spilling over onto our side!

  3. chargerdillon - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    What’s worse, agents and owners throwing out BS rumors and smoke screens on where they are picking/trading or doing like Lebron did and not tell anybody and announce it on TV.

    I’d much rather have BS rumors floating around to keep us entertained and exciting when sports news and sports tv is at a minimum.

    We’ve got Golf, Nascar, and Baseball as the only major sports on tv right now and i’ll take any basketball talk over either of those 3 BS or not.

  4. chargerdillon - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    What’s worse, agents and owners throwing out BS rumors and smoke screens on where they are picking/trading or doing like Lebron did and not tell anybody and announce it on TV.

    I’d much rather have BS rumors floating around to keep us entertained and exciting when sports news and sports tv is at a minimum.

    We’ve got Golf, Nascar, and Baseball as the only major sports on tv right now and i’ll take any basketball talk over either of those 3 BS or not.

  5. mdpickles - Jun 24, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    So Iguodala and the next 4 first rd picks to the Lakers for Kobe to come home is not happening? OMG!!

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