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NBA Trade Rumors: Manifesto, Part Un - Filters

The Trade Deadline has passed. I want to write what perhaps I should have detailed two weeks ago, namely, what criteria or filters do I use to decide whether a trade rumor is worthy of consideration by me, and by extension, you, my readership. I believe you stop in here to consider my musings because you are passionate about the NBA in general, and deeply committed to the success of the Toronto Raptors in particular. And you have as much interest in reading rubbish as I have in creating it (i.e. zero).

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  1. Quality of source: If I hear of a possible deal through someone well-respected and -connected, I’m going to pay attention, and I may build a trade. The converse is also true.
  2. Feasibility: To quote Anatole France – “If 50 million people say a stupid thing, it is still a stupid thing.” I can go to the Trade Machine and work out a deal to put LeBron James in Raptor red. I was pushing Andrea Bargnani and Landry Fields out the door and they “work” here too! What do you think the chances are of Miami trading LBJ for AB & Fields? I doubt Miami would trade LeBron to us if we offered them our entire roster in exchange. I’m only going to put proposals in front of you that aren’t insane.
  3. Workability: This may sound the same as Feasibility, but it isn’t. Suppose I get wind of a trade candidate on another team, perhaps someone like Ben Gordon, who seems willing to set his hair on fire if that’s what it takes to get out of Charlotte. If I can’t find someone(s) on the Raps who can be shipped out for a net gain to us, or if the money doesn’t match without bringing in a third team or other gyrations, I won’t propose a trade.
  4. Fan-Base Acceptability: There was a lot of pre-deadline speculation about whether the Boston Celtics would trade either or both of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. I didn’t want to get caught up in that vortex of noise, because I couldn’t accept the premise that Celtics’ GM Danny Ainge would ship those venerable gentlemen out of Beantown. They are 2 of the Big 3, and Boston fans have a special relationship with “their” players. Guess what? KG & Pierce still wear green.
  5. Impatience: I really don’t like trading kids, so if I ever present to you some sort of trade which involves dumping, in his rookie season, our first-round draft pick, you’ll know I’ve lost it.
There’s one more deal element worthy of mention. We must have a player(s) to trade. For example, if both Bargnani and Fields were having terrific seasons, and the Raps were five games over .500, I wouldn’t have suggested any deals at all.
OK, Rapture Nation. Those are the filters I use before I put a trade in front of you. What are your filters? Please drop a comment.
P.S. In part deux, I’ll look at trades from a general manager’s perspective.

Brian Boake is a co-editor for Raptors Rapture. “Like” Raptors Rapture on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RaptorsRapture for all the latest news and updates about the best damn NBA team from Canada.


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