New Rules for the NBA Free Agency Rumor Mill
On Friday, I was relaxed, enjoying the wrap up of a beach vacation with my wife, sitting under an umbrella with the clear, green waters of the southern Gulf of Mexico stretched out in front of me. And my spirits were high as I continued to watch reports of the Rockets preparing to sign Chris Bosh now that LeBron James had chosen to return to Cleveland. All the dominoes were falling into place, the sun was shining and Twitter was buzzing with news, rumors and speculation.
Wikimedia Commons Just when you think you have it all figured out...
Of course, now it's Monday and I'm back working, my vacation gone and the Rockets staring at the backside of a brutal weekend that saw them not only lose out on Bosh, but be forced to pass on matching a contract offer to Chandler Parsons, who will end up in, of all places, Dallas.
This was a tough reminder of how complicated and frustrating the offseason in sports can be, particularly in the NBA. So, I came up with a list of guidelines to help protect you from yourself this year and in years to come.
It's not over until it's over.
If the Bosh debacle taught us anything, it is that the old adage of not counting on something until the ink is dry is absolutely true. Despite numerous reports from legitimate and trusted sources to the contrary, Bosh didn't sign with Houston. Some now believe he and/or his agent may have been playing the Rockets in order to get more money from Miami. Even if that is true, it underscores just how important it is to get confirmation and resolution before believing it's a done deal.
Media doesn't always know...unless it's Woj.
I saw so many people online say that LeBron couldn't possibly return to Cleveland after what had happened between he and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, particularly since the two hadn't even met to discuss it. Gilbert had, after all, not been in Miami recently and LeBron hadn't been to Cleveland. Turns out, they met in Las Vegas and ironed everything out without anyone knowing. Even NBA scoop guru Adrian Wojnarowski didn't have that information.
Just because someone says it doesn't make it true.
Lots of people claim to be experts and insiders, but rarely is that completely true. Sure, there are guys who are plugged into the inner workings of the NBA, but even they are only right about half the time. People change their minds. Things change, sometimes rapidly. Until it comes directly from the source, it can't be trusted 100 percent. Rumors are simply that until they are proven otherwise.