Originally written December 07, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS We live in an age of league sources, of team sources and just plain old sources. Its as vague as vague can be. There are human mouthpieces and long-standing relationships all hiding behind a shroud of anonymity, and information filters through at will. Couple that with Twitter and blogs and the big bad Internet, and really, there isnt a trade rumor these days that doesnt have legs. Joe Fan in his basement, with little more than a rudimentary knowledge of the NBA collective bargaining agreement and barely a clue as to teams needs and relationships, can, with a few clicks, test the viability of any trade he could imagine. No, online trade machines will spit out, youre over the salary cap. No, youre over this provision, or that provision, for some reason or another. No, no, no, and so another swap is conjured out of cyberspace. Its not bad, not good, but merely the reality. Rumors flourish. Theyre more available to the masses, and therefore, its easier even for players ...
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