Rumors that aren’t true

Sheed negotiating with the Cavs

Rasheed Wallace is negotiating a two-year contract worth about $20 million with the Cavaliers, according to J. Gamble of Slam. (Hat tip: Need4Sheed)

Gamble also “reported” Wallace will retire if he doesn’t make $8 million next year.

The final line from the latest “report:”

If this signing falls through, I’m hearing that Cleveland may do a sign and trade with the Clippers for Zach Randolph, which certainly makes sense for the Clippers since they are taking Blake Griffin No. 1 overall.

 

Why it’s not true: Teams can’t begin negotiating with free agents until July 1, according to Larry Coon’s salary cap FAQ. As the Joe Smith situation showed, secret negotiations probably aren’t worth the risk. I doubt Cleveland is this stupid.

Other things Cleveland is probably smarter than: giving Wallace $20 million for two years and trading for Zach Randolph (which almost certainly wouldn’t be a sign and trade).

Amir Johnson and 15 for nothing

The Pistons would like to offer Oklahoma City the 15th pick to take Amir Johnson, according to Draft Express. (Hat tip: Full Court Press)

Johnson will make $3.67 million next season, the last year of his contract. And the 15th pick will make about $1.4 million next year.

Why it’s not true: $5 million in cap room is not as valuable as a young, athletic forward who has a low-paying expiring contract and the 15th pick. You don’t just give away two positive assets and get nothing in return.

Carlos Boozer will be a Piston or Net

Boozer is telling people he will be in Detroit or New Jersey next year, according to Peter Vecsey of the New York Post.

Obviously, the deal with New Jersey would have to be a sign and trade.

Why it’s not true: The Piston part is possible, but the New Jersey info ruins Vecsey’s credibility.

What do the Nets have to offer in a sign and trade? Bobby Simmons’s expiring contract and draft picks? OK, that makes some (albeit, very little) sense. That would put Utah over the luxury tax and its probably a no-go with the Nets.

But as Vecsey writes next:

Word has it Jersey will have but three assistants next season and all must take pay cuts.

That doesn’t sound like a team looking to add Boozer’s salary.

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