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Rumor not based on any facts: Warriors ‘may be interested’ in trading for Tyson Chandler

Jun 21, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

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We’re officially into the NBA’s silly season when we’re quoting an analyst stating he ‘believes there’s a possibility” that a deal between two teams could take place, without citing any inside sources who have knowledge that a trade was ever discussed, much less at all plausible.

But here we are, with a story discussing the Warriors’ potential interest in trading for Tyson Chandler.

Nothing in the piece is sourced, and only quotes Stephen A. Smith giving an opinion as to what could possibly transpire.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

“They still like Tyson Chandler,” Smith said on ESPN 98.7 FM’s “The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show” on Wednesday.

One trade that would work financially for both teams? A swap of David Lee and Harrison Barnes in exchange for Chandler. It is unclear at this point if either team would consider such a swap.

“I believe there’s a possibility that the Golden State Warriors would trade those two guys for Tyson Chandler,” Smith said. “I’m not saying it’s definite but I really believe in my heart they would do it. And if there’s a possibility that they would do it, the New York Knicks have got to investigate it.”

To reiterate:

“It’s unclear if either team would consider such a swap.”

“I believe there’s a possibility that the Golden State Warriors would trade those two guys for Tyson Chandler,” Smith said. “I’m not saying it’s definite but I really believe in my heart they would do it.”

It all bears repeating because of how ridiculous it is.

This isn’t meant to rip the ESPN piece, because in the content game, it’s necessary at times to run with something that’s less than ideal. After all, if people are talking about it, then it’s worth discussing by professionals who could add something to the conversation.

But as far as we know, this one has no basis in fact.

So, at least for now, feel free to disregard this particular rumor. Might I interest you in some others?

  1. sportsfan18 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Fact you say?

    Teams INTENTIONALLY put out FALSE info around this time of year…

    So, is it REALLY fact when you have a source, a team executive say something so it gets printed and he was LYING through his teeth?

    The reporter has to run with it but is there REALLY anymore fact in there than something like this?

    Yes, it WAS said by a team executive, the the real hard truth is that WHAT he said was a complete lie meant to lead others on…

    I understand the point the author is making in this story, but why stop there?

    Extend what he is saying further. We “listen” to team executives in the NFL and NBA intentionally mislead folks with what they say. Sometimes there is a kernel of truth and other times it’s complete fiction.

    Just BECAUSE someone says something, even a team executive, it doesn’t mean there is anything real or factual about what he said other than he spoke some words when he opened his mouth.

  2. spyder9669 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Who the hell would trade Barnes and Lee for Chandler??

    • antistratfordian - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      I’d rather have Curry, Love & Chandler than Curry, Thompson, Barnes & Lee.

    • dcali808 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      Stupidest rumor I ever heard. One we signed Bogut to 10 million in September and he anchors the Defense. Most important, Dlee is gone if the Klove deal goes through. It is Klay and Lee for Love. Third Chanler is worth Lee not even by himself. Have you checkout what is going on in NYC, his stats are ok but a 20/10 like Lee not even.

  3. papichulo55 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Chasing crazy rumors is ok, as long as it helps me forget that a$$-whuppin laid on my Heat!

  4. loubearkane - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Crazy rumors but this trade would be great for the Warriors

  5. luz56 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    If the media can start a rumor as a fan base lest see how far we can take this unsubstantiated rumor

    Lakers amnesty Kobe and offer LBJ max deal.. Carmelo comes to LA … Lakers draft Randle and then we are off to the races

    I got this from an un named source

    • sumkat - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      Is Kobe even eligable? I thought he got extended after the new CBA? Only contracts already in place are able to used as an amnesty. They could still buy him out, but that’s not going to happen at his salary for multiple years

  6. luz56 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    That same in named source said Love is going to NY to team up with Melo

  7. tccoats - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    what a useless article…

  8. luz56 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    tccoats….. Exactly… I wonder if these writers get paid on quantity of article and per word rather than substance… Go read the village idiot Florio baiting Smith into the Redskin issue….

  9. tccoats - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    stephen smith is a blow hard, who says nothing of consequence…and his brother in arms is chris brousblowhard…they are the illegitimate children of skippy bayless…lets move on shall we…..

    • antistratfordian - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:45 AM

      Don’t discount your Smiths and your Broussards. Most of the players (and their entourages) would be more willing to talk to them, rather than to, say, Adrian Wojnarowski.

  10. muathjam21 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Man, it’s so easy to write sports reports this days. All you have to say is;

    “According to a SOURCE CLOSE to a person NEAR the situation the Warriors MIGHT WANT to trade for LeBron James.”

    And you’d have an article on your hands.

    Go ‘head, prove my report wrong.

  11. muathjam21 - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    On a more serious note, how can you be even dumb enough to conjure up a rumor that no one will believe? Barnes/Lee for Chandler? Why the hell would the Dubs ever do that with Bogut and Ezeli on the roster?

  12. phillipsta1 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    I think what the post means is “nbc report”, not rumor based on no facts

  13. ernwop64 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    I am a Knick fan i would make the trade now.Chandler cant score to save his life.David Lee is a 20pts and 10rbs guy,i don’t care who the other guy is.

  14. sumkat - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Chandler would be interesting on the Warriors. He’s basically useless on the offensive end outside of putbacks, but on that Warriors roster, that’s probably all they would need him to do.

    That being said, I think Barnes and Lee is a very steep price for a guy that has no value to the Knicks if Melo doesn’t resign. Chandler is not a franchise changer, he is a complimentary piece, a very expensive one at that. He makes a lot of sense for NY, with Melo being a volume shooter. But with Melo….what is his point? If I’m the Warriors, I wait and see what happens with him, then revisit this trade. If he’s gone, they have all the leverage in the world in trade talks

    All of that being said, this seems to me just like Steven A making stuff up, as he’s so apt to do, than anything that will actually happen, or has even been discussed. Probably an actual rumor he heard 2 years ago, that he’s bringing up again because he has nothing new. Which in and of itself is kind of amazing less than a week before the draft

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      Not making it up at all. Been talked about for months. I have noticed a trend on this site, that anything that remotely makes sense with regards to improving the Knicks gets the kibosh early and swiftly. Melo is not leaving, and the Knicks can still move Bargnani as well. Stay tuned.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:45 AM

        “I have noticed a trend on this site, that anything that remotely makes sense with regards to improving the Knicks gets the kibosh early and swiftly.”

        You’re absolutely right about that.

  15. skins26portis - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    If not mistaken didn’t David Lee use to play for the Knicks? The Warriors would be fools to make this trade unless they are trying to clear some cap space to bring in another player with Chandler.

  16. luz56 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    sumkat….. I was making up the story much like the writer and his BS story here

  17. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    This is not ridiculous at all. And as a matter of fact, this trade makes much more fiscal sense than the stupid Klay Thompson one, which is off (for now.)

    Chandler comes off the books next summer, and if ANYONE would scoff at the deal, it would be the Knicks, not Golden State. In the right system, Chandler is very valuable. Just not in the BS one that Woody ran.

    • muathjam21 - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:38 AM

      David Lee comes off the books too next summer too, so there goes your theory. There is literally no point for Warriors to make this deal, especially when they already Bogut and Ezeli in the fold.

      • EvanZ - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        No. David Lee has 2 years left. Check your facts.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        There is plenty reason for them to move him OR Iguodala: cap relief. Which they won’t have for years with either one. But I’ll let you tell it.

      • muathjam21 - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Touche, I should’ve double checked my facts. That doesn’t change the premise, though. No reason the Dubs would make this trade with Bogut/Ezeli on tap.

  18. shaner329 - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Smith “believes in his heart they would do it”. That’s adorable

  19. hannsta - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    This implies that previous rumors ARE based on facts….

  20. hartdaddy - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Phil said he doesn’t plan on adding any more money to their 2015 cap number, trade makes no sense for either team. Just Stephen A conjuring up more ESPN fodder with the NBA season over.

  21. oldschoolwillie - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    To me this sounds like a leak by GS to mess with the Love trade. If they fake like they are considering another route they could force the Wolves to take their awful offer for Superstar for crap.

  22. davidly - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:28 AM

    The key difference between citing an anonymous source with ostensible insight and mere speculation is — none. The former is, of course, a journalistic protection afforded by the need to protect one’s sources. That’d be crucial if here if we weren’t talking about sports, but we are, so it doesn’t matter and the distinction is meaningless.

  23. alongthegulf - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Adding Chandler would give the Warriors something they don’t have, a shot blocker, rim protector, solid rebounder, and someone capable of playing more the 50 games.

    • muathjam21 - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      Interesting. Last year Bogut averaged 10 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. Chandler was at 9 and 1.1.

      Bogut is good enough of a rim protector when healthy.

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