5 Biggest NBA Rumors as the Trade Deadline Nears

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Photo Courtesy of Brent Soderberg, licensed through Flickr Via Creative Commons

Photo Courtesy of Brent Soderberg, licensed through Flickr Via Creative Commons

As of this Thursday, the NBA trade deadline will have passed. Now that All-Star Weekend is in the rearview and teams begin to focus in on the endgame for the 2013-2014 season, the trade rumors and analysis will begin to pour through in earnest, as every fan sifts through a metric ton of conflicting Twitter reports, anonymously sourced comments, and feverish ESPN Trade Machine manipulation to figure out what might happen. How will they orchestrate the perfect three-team trade to land their favorite players on their favorite teams?

This year, like most trade deadlines, has echoes of Marcel Duchamp. Duchamp, a French artist who dabbled in Dadism and is most famous for putting his reputation on the line by submitting a stolen urinal to an art contest (and contributing heavily to the creation of Found Art in the process), is the reported progenitor of the phrase “it’s quiet, too quiet.” The fact that Duchamp was talking about the lack of a party scene in New York City compared to France is irrelevant — he’s now the official face of the 2014 trade deadline, and the measure by which we must judge all rumors.

Onto the scale — from one to three Duchamps. One Duchamp means that it’s probably bogus. Three Duchamps mean that it’s probably legit. As far as can be sourced, Marcel Duchamp was not a basketball fan, but he wasn’t not a basketball fan, either.

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