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Some NBA Teams Are Working The Process



The new era of General Managers in the NBA may be too smart for their own good, at least that what one veteran NBA executive said in talking about moves his team was supposedly “linked” to.

The general vibe from this executive is that a large number of teams with younger less experienced GMs have been using incoming interest to either extract a king’s ransom for their assets or are putting out details of abstract conversations in the media in an attempt to up the return on a possible player.

The net result is there are a lot of trade rumors out there in the press that are not even close.

One long-time executive joked that what would happen today around 3:00pm is that several complex three-team trade scenarios would surface as “nearly done” only to have them evaporate tomorrow.

A couple of franchises admitted that their trade deadline strategy has been to call every team and offer something in hopes of shaking loose a deal, so those franchises cautioned not to believe too much of the hype, because they are absolutely fishing for something to break free.

Steve Kyler is the Editor and Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA and basketball for the last 17 seasons.

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