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Sam Smith, Shaq, the Mavs, and Josh Howard

I'm a nice guy, and I don't like to just smear people on this blog, but when I read this article by Sam Smith this morning I just started laughing at it's absurdity.

The Suns, NBA sources said, appear to be reacting both to the Los Angeles Lakers' acquisition of Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies last week and word the Dallas Mavericks were putting on a strong push to acquire O'Neal to pair with Dirk Nowitzki. Insiders say the Mavs were willing to give up Josh Howard and owner Mark Cuban was pushing hard for the deal.
No, effing way.

Update [2008-2-6 16:21:47 by Wes Cox]: There is also a reference to a Josh Howard trade in the AZ Republic this morning, however the writer of that piece had the reference removed from the print edition and was hoping it would not appear online either. That means Sam Smith is the only person reporting this and any rumor you hear about it started with him.