This is happening rather quickly, so let’s just take a minute to piece everything together.
First: Donny Marshall went on NBCSN and said this, per CSNNE:
NBCSN basketball analyst Donny Marshall joined Yahoo’s Sports Dash on Tuesday and said that Rajon Rondo is “likely a goner.” According to Marshall, Rondo and other Celtics will be traded to the Sacramento Kings.
The rumored deal seemed to be built around Ben McLemore and multiple draft picks. It’s not the worst deal Boston has been offered (looking at you, Knicks/Shumpert), so naturally, it drew quite a bit of interest.
Then two very reliable reporters, Sam Amick of USA Today Sports and Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, had this to say:
Finally, A. Sherrod Blakely’s sources tell him that the rumors are just a product of this time of year. We are assuming he doesn’t mean Christmas.
“You know how it gets this time of year,” a league source told CSNNE.com. “People come up with this stuff, you guys write about it, tweet about it, whatever . . . It’s sad. There’s nothing happening on that front.”
Multiple league sources have been telling CSNNE.com for months that no team is going to make a “legitimate” offer for Rajon Rondo until he returns to game action.
What does it all mean? Probably nothing. There’s very little reason to believe Rondo will be traded before he comes back from injury, since no deal would make sense on either side. First, the opposing teams would want assurance that Rondo will be back to his old self before they give up the kind of package Boston would be asking for. Second, even if the Celtics were shopping Rondo, they would want him to prove to potential suitors that he is back and ready for game action. Third, assuming Danny Ainge would want a 2014 first round unprotected pick in the deal, a healthy Rondo would make the opposing team considerably better, thus making the draft pick less valuable.
Trade rumors are fun to talk and argue about on Twitter, but they are frequently based in little more than conjecture. What’s more, they can be damaging — a player who is actually in no danger of being dealt may start feeling insecure with his situation. That’s a product of the NBA’s coverage, and one would hope players can discern unreliable reports from reliable ones.
One way or the other, this rumor seems extremely unlikely. We will keep you posted if anything develops further.
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