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Posted September 05, 2008 - 02:21 PM

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Note to Ben Gordon's Agent: Making Stuff Up Is Not a Good Negotiating Ploy
Posted Sep 5th 2008 5:47AM by Matt Watson (author feed)
Filed under: Bulls, Euroleague, NBA Rumors

Ben Gordon never officially commented on the rumors that CSKA Moscow was interested in signing him. Well, he no longer has to, because CSKA's GM Andrei Vatutin commented for him. From the Russian newspaper Soviet Sport, as translated by The Hoop:

"This whole thing is a dirty trick of the newspapers, we are NOT in negotiations with Ben Gordon. At the moment all of our staff are currently on holiday. I'm personally on holidays in France and I haven't heard anything about Ben Gordon."

It may have been a dirty trick, but maybe the newspapers aren't to blame. Soviet Sport dug deeper by tracking down the original source of the rumor, Greek reporter Nikos Zabaras, who revealed his source:

Nikos Zabaras said that the agent of Ben Gordon wanted the article published on contra.gr in order to increase the projected salary of his client.

Zing! It's possible that Zabaras is lying to save face, but it's just as likely that Zabaras felt justified giving up his source after realizing he was completely played. Had Gordon's agent (Raymond Brothers, assuming he has the same representation as a month ago) been a little more vauge he probably would have gotten away with it -- it would have been virtually impossible to verify a report saying Gordon was entertaining an offer from an unnamed European team.

Perhaps attaching an actual team to the rumor was an attempt to make it sound more legitimate, and perhaps Brothers thought John Paxson would blink before he simply picked up the phone and verified it himself. Who knows? All we know for certain is that the Bulls now have absolutely no reason to take Brothers seriously at the negotiating table. Gordon may not like it, but the Bulls are holding all of the chips in this stand-off.


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Posted September 05, 2008 - 02:33 PM

oooooo lol

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Posted September 05, 2008 - 03:07 PM

lol wow.

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Posted September 05, 2008 - 03:12 PM


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Posted September 05, 2008 - 06:27 PM

Wow, how pathetic is that. If it's true I'd fire the dood on the spot. Well, assuming Gordon didn't ok it.

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Posted September 05, 2008 - 06:49 PM

Shows why there isn't any progress with the Sign-And-Trade Gordon asked for. What a crappy agent, i'd fire him ASAP. He probably talked Gordon into the Sign-And-Trade demand, which wasn't very smart.

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Posted September 05, 2008 - 09:03 PM

Memphis is the only team left with alot of cash under the cap but they dont need a sg. Only way out would be a sign and trade with Bulls and another team, Maybe for Marion. -Noah and Gordon for Marion.

Edited by popo, September 05, 2008 - 09:04 PM.

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Posted September 05, 2008 - 09:11 PM

man what is going on withthis guy, hes really ruining his NBA rep right now
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Posted September 05, 2008 - 11:10 PM

If I were him, I'd hire Gump's agent...
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Posted September 06, 2008 - 06:51 AM

Im not surprised. Many agents lie about certain negotiations. Its nothing new, except this time someone actually got caught.

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Posted September 06, 2008 - 08:51 AM

Interesting. Wonder if Gordan was in the lie too. I mean, before you pull something like this, am sure you need tell Gordan that he might be getting a few phone calls from certain individuals asking him about this.

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Posted September 08, 2008 - 02:28 AM

Pretty much a richman Chucky Atkins...I really don't understand why he doesn't accept the Chicago offer...he isn't worth more than 59 mio. thats already the high end of what he should get by any stretch of imagination...
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Posted September 08, 2008 - 03:57 PM

Im not surprised. Many agents lie about certain negotiations. Its nothing new, except this time someone actually got caught.

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