Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
In the trade being discussed, Cleveland would absorb Detroit's Richard Hamilton into the $14.6 million trade exception it received in last summer's LeBron James sign-and-trade with Miami, while also receiving the Pistons' No. 8 pick. The Cavaliers would then send that pick, along with their fourth pick, to Minnesota for the Timberwolves' second pick.
Cleveland would then buy Hamilton out of the $25 million remaining in the last two years on his contract, leaving the veteran shooting guard free to sign with another club as a free agent. Chicago would be one of the likeliest destinations.
Sources say, however, that Detroit will not consummate the trade as proposed without receiving players in return. The Pistons no longer view Hamilton's contract as an albatross with a lockout potentially knocking off one of the remaining two years on his deal.
Finally… a trade rumor to whet our off-season appetite. Too bad this one has little bearing on the Celtics, unless you count the fact that Chicago will be a tougher out if Rip Hamilton is signed.
Is it me… or is there very little on the trade/free-agent speculation front this year? It's possible this is status quo for late May and I haven't noticed because the Celtics have reached the NBA Finals in two of the last four years.
I'm sure the labor situation is impacting the lack of scuttlebutt. Maybe NBA general managers are not even bothering to make phone calls because they know a lockout is near certain.
Anytime you a rumor surfaces and the media questions NBA GMs about it… we often hear "Where do you guys come up with this stuff?" as part of their dismissive response. If rumors are often media fabrication, as insinuated by NBA GMs, then why would the mill stop spinning now? I would assume the media would ramp up the "lies" this time of year when only two teams are relevant.
Call me crazy but.. I'm starting to believe most of the rumors are actually leaked by front office personnel.
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