These NBA players never get moved despite incessant presence in the trade rumor mill

These NBA players never get moved despite incessant presence in the trade rumor mill

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These NBA players never get moved despite incessant presence in the trade rumor mill

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Devin Kharpetian, who covers the Nets for the website TheBrooklynGame.com recently tweeted this:

So we decided to confirm if that was accurate.

We tracked trade rumor mentions on HoopsHype (which we humbly consider the go-to place for these matters) in the last three years to find out which players appeared most often in the trade mill without actually getting moved.

Kharpetian's assertion was not far off: Nets center Brook Lopez is No. 3 in mentions of trade rumors that didn't lead to a deal. Only Pau Gasol and Josh Smith are ahead of him in the past three years. (Smith has never been traded since he signed his first pro contract; Gasol was moved from the Grizzlies to the Lakers in 2008).

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While it's true that most rumors end up in nothing, constant presence in the trade mill is usually pretty telling. Of the 13 players most heavily mentioned on HoopsHype's trade rumors since February 2012, 11 wound up getting traded to a new team. 

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