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In the No Benjamins Association, expect more trades than ever this season

Originally Published: December 23, 2009
By Bill Simmons | ESPN.com

If someone gains weight, he can hide it a little. Grow a beard. Wear baggy sweaters. Whatever. But when an NBA team is struggling financially? It can't hide it. Rasheed Wallace famously loves to say, "Ball don't lie." Neither do the seats. Especially in the lower-level sections between the baskets, the ones that blend into the background of every live telecast. If attendance is sparse enough, the blurry collage of fans, colors and empty seats almost looks like a Monet painting.

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