Silly season starts in the NBA with lots of talk about Bosh

The NBA’s mid-season is on the horizon, but the silly season finds itself in full bloom.

In the world of back-door cuts and cross-over dribbles, the silly
season is often referred to as the days and weeks leading up to the
league’s annual trade deadline, a time of unfiltered talk and
unsubstantiated rumours that somehow morph into legitimacy.

In a cap world dotted with base-year compensation, making trades is no small feat, but the slight oversight blinds even the most respected chroniclers of all things related to the hardwood.

GRAPEVINE BUZZING

As Big Al Jefferson so succinctly put it when the hoops grapevine was buzzing of a deal that would send Minnesota’s power forward to Indiana in return for small forward Danny Granger: "I laugh at rumours. That’s why they’re rumours.

"When you see stuff like that coming on TV and coming up out of the woodwork, that’s why it’s in one ear and out the other.

"I’ve been in this league long enough to know you’re going to hear rumours about trades and stuff before the trade deadline."

This year’s trade deadline arrives precisely at 3 p.m. on Feb. 18, exactly five weeks from tomorrow.

Who will be moved for whom and which teams will emerge as buyers or sellers are mysteries no one can answer with certainty.

As the much-ballyhooed summer of 2010 inches closer, there’s going to be all kinds of speculation involving virtually every single player whose contract comes off the books.

The free-agent class, at least potentially, is so unprecedented in basketball’s history that an unprecedented amount of gossip has already surfaced.

Names such as Tracy McGrady, Carlos Boozer, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, to name but a few, have been bandied about.

Chris Bosh’s name has been thrown into the mix.

http://www.torontosun.com/sports/basketball/2010/01/13/12443131-sun.html

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