PHOENIX -- I am dizzy from these trade rumors.
It gets more and more ridiculous by the hour.
There have been two seemingly reputable reports in recent days that Vince Carter was on his way to Dallas or San Antonio. A person familiar with the Nets' situation told me that New Jersey did have inquiries from about a half-dozen teams and serious conversations with one. It was neither Dallas nor San Antonio.
The Cavs were supposedly hot for Amare Stoudemire, but someone with direct knowledge of the Suns' situation said there were no serious talks. Now the Cavs are after Marcus Camby. The only problem is, a team executive who is actively involved in trade discussions with numerous teams said the one thing you can bank on is that the Clippers aren't trading Camby.
Brace yourself for more rumors than you can shake a stick at over the next few days.
The teams that actually are the most active in trade discussions are the ones nobody's talking about. They are the teams flush with draft picks. Oklahoma City has five No. 1 picks in the next two drafts. They are being flooded with calls. Denver has a first-round pick from Charlotte that is top-12 protected in 2010 and unprotected in '14. It is an extremely valuable chip that any team clearing cap room for the free-agent class that year is trying to acquire. It means that after you spend all your money on one or two max free agents, you'll have a potential lottery pick to add cheap, hopefully talented labor. The Jazz and Nets each have extra unprotected first-round picks in 2010.
As I mentioned, brace yourself.