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NBA fans again reminded it's all about the Benjamins

With the curtains drawn on the NBA Finals after the Heat successfully defended their title, the excitement seems nowhere near its end as the talk of trades and drafts starts to heat up.

General managers talk frantically with owners, players and agents, vying for the best possible chance in building the next "one and only" championship team.

As usual, Taiwanese media hovers over every bit and piece of Jeremy Lin trade rumors. Knowing that he turned in a rather disappointing report card at the end of the season, and missed a few playoff games, it seemed that the Houston Rockets were ready to let him go.

Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey denied rumors of trading Lin or Omar Asik, saying that they would be great assets to the team. And if paired with potential future teammate Dwight Howard, who knows what will happen in the days to come.

For the time being, Taiwanese fans may be assured that Lin is staying put. However, things are not so swell with the Boston Celtics, after GM Danny Ainge declared that the Celtics are "getting younger." With that being said, he has traded his most valuable player Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for future first-round picks, along with Kevin Garnett. That officially marks the end of what was left of the Big 3 era for the Celtics.

Pierce has been with the Celts since 1998, through thick and thin, finally winning a title in 2008. Fans were jubilant. Pierce was in tears. Its a tough and bitter pill to swallow for the fans when they see their players, especially one with so much integrity and loyalty, leaving — a cold hard truth that the team owners always acknowledge.

As Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo once said, "We love each other, but we all know it's business." And business it is.

Lin could not fight his fateful trade last year when he tested his price on the market, suggested by his former team New York Knicks. The result of that was he was sold to the Houston Rockets because the Knicks could not match the contract. New York fans pleaded and begged for the Knicks to keep Linsanity in the Big Apple, but the team only managed a phone call to Lin to wish him good luck with Houston. Lin said that the call lasted no more than five minutes.

And then we saw Ray Allen leave for Heat last season; Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and (how can we ever forget) Shaquille O'Neal all left for the Lakers at one point in their careers. Sometimes it's the player's choice that determines a blockbuster move; other times it's the GM's choice. But it all comes down to the "business."

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