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Craig Brackins

September 23, 2010 by staff 

Craig Brackins, One of the hardest things for an NBA player to do is separate the game of basketball basketball business. This task is only getting more difficult, as rumors, mostly unfounded variety, increasingly the focus of the media during the offseason. Ask the Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, who has been a victim of unsubstantiated rumors in the afternoon.

Earlier in the summer when free agency of the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh is still doing the rounds, there was talk of the Bulls give up Noah in action either clear cap space or to acquire a bigger name. The name of each time Noah came out, however, the Bulls were knocked down. They just have not shown any interest in trading your budding young star center, and we have reason to believe that the position has changed. In fact, the team is working to sign an extension to make it a centerpiece of Chicago in the years ahead.

And yes, the rumors persist, not because the Bulls are talking about trading him, but because people outside the organization to maintain the assumption that they will. Now that training camp is upon us, Noah will have to spend time in front of the rumors, true or not.

“I understand what kind of caliber of player Carmelo Anthony,” Noah said in response to a question about his rumored trade to Denver. “I’m trying to stay positive. I’ve had some conversations with Gar (Foreman) and (John Paxson) I’m very excited about the upcoming season … I can not control what happens in the situation, I think many of these questions you [the media] will ask me, you should ask the people who make the decisions. ”

Ultimately it makes little sense to ask a player about trade rumors. They do not know much more than the media most of the time, and if they are aware of a job is because they have been traded, when the team issued a statement to that effect.

In the case of Noah, the rumors are doing more harm than good. Instead of focusing on the start of training camp and the noble goals have been established for the Bulls this season, Noah is worrying about whether or not you have to move to Denver in the coming days.

At the end of the day, it is highly unlikely that the Bulls will trade Noah. They refuted the reports of its availability via trade this summer and are working to tie him up long term. No player is ever completely safe, but there is very little chance that Noah was traded to Denver or elsewhere. There is a shortage of quality centers from the NBA, and while Noah is not an All-Star for now, is a solid building block in the long-term plan of Chicago.

This is a classic case of floating trade rumors that have no validity, and the player who is completely not involved in the process comes to pay the emotional price of hearing about it day after day. Fortunately, he was preparing to give a motivational speech to children at Lathrop Elementary School in Chicago; Noah was able to keep things in perspective.

“There are a lot of distractions out there,” says Noah. “There are distractions in the field. You know, they treat children with distractions every day, joining gangs. These are real serious problems. For me, it’s just what the team I’m going to go. There are more important issues Chicago where I’ll be playing. ”

New Jersey Nets, being mentioned as the most likely destination of Carmelo Anthony, the Nuggets should choose their trade, but the Nets are not having an easy time putting together a package to make a deal happen. According to multiple sources, the Nuggets are asking for the center Brook Lopez as part of any agreement, but the Nets are reluctant to part with it, partly because his departure would be less likely that Anthony would sign an extension to stay in New Jersey beyond this season. There is also some reluctance to move rookie point guard Derrick Favors or Devin Harris, that is, the New Jersey list of possible players to trade in an effort to land Caramel is remarkably thin.

Meanwhile, like the Bulls are doing with Noah, coach Avery Johnson in New Jersey, is trying to do damage control rumors swirl around your players and start asking questions about the rumors.

“One of the agreements we made was, ‘If you do not hear me say anything about you, then it is not accurate”, “Johnson said recently, before ESPN discredit a report indicating the Nets were offering favors in a package of Anthony. “You know how it works. A story of success or power wire and then just goes crazy. ”

The lesson here is patience. Sure, it seems in some ways like the Nuggets are holding a fire sale, desperate to move Carmelo before training camp begins, but what they are saying is simply not the case. The Nuggets are doing their due diligence, searching for what is out there, and they take their time to make a reasoned, logical decision which is in the best interest of the team long term. For now, it seems that many teams are going to do damage control with his players are rumors continue to fly.

Philadelphia 76ers continued their preseason today’s exchange by sending Willie Green and Jason Smith to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Craig Brackins and Darius Songalia.

For the Hornets, it’s mainly about how to add more depth up front with Smith, whose ability to shoot from all over the field makes him a more versatile player than most seven footers, and point guard, where Jannero Pargo Willie Green push for minutes behind Chris Paul. Green has contract ends, while Smith has an option year next year.

The Sixers get more depth up front with Songalia, who has been a solid, if unspectacular, contributor throughout his career in the NBA for seven years, and Brackins is a newbie with a major setback. Songalia is in the final year of a contract that will pay him more or less and 4.8 million.

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