San Antonio Spurs: Guide to avoiding DeMar DeRozan fake news

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Hello, San Antonio Spurs fans (or people who want DeMar DeRozan on their team)! Welcome. For the next few minutes, I'll be your guide to avoiding sourceless information, pointless speculation, and completely made-up fabrications. You see, the NBA free agency period is a little over one month away, and DeMar DeRozan will be one of the biggest prizes available.

Writing for Air Alamo for a couple of years now, I've generally learned what kind of articles do well. Everyone loves reading about draft prospects, free agency, and trades. That's a trio that almost always leads to viewership and success.

Unfortunately, there are several NBA coverage sites out there that focus on speculation so often that their credibility begins to come into question. I spotlighted one such frequent offender a week ago, when I blasted an online publication for basically proposing the Spurs trade half their team and picks for Ben Simmons.

I don't have an issue with sites turning to the same old well for content. Heck, I've done the same thing with my coverage of Kawhi Leonard, which always seems to skyrocket no matter how trivial the pieces are. But I'm noticing more and more bigger, more well-known publications getting in on the action.

After the jump, I examine a piece from Sports Illustrated mentioning DeMar DeRozan as a target for the Mavericks in free agency and why its source is problematic.