Over the last couple days, there have been reports that the Kings and Celtics were in talks to trade Rajon Rondo for a package involving Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore and future 1st round picks. The reports seemingly started with a post two days ago from the International Business Times.
Before we consider the report itself, let's acknowledge a few things:
- No NBA reporter made any mention of Rondo and the Kings before this article was posted. The website also mispells Marcus Thornton and Isaiah Thomas' names.
- Rajon Rondo is 28 and coming off of an ACL injury. Isaiah Thomas is 23, playing at an elite level, and will be a restricted free agent. Ben McLemore is a 20 year old rookie with a lot of upside. There's no knowing how Rondo will look coming off that injury.
- The basis for this "rumor" seems to be asinine trade conjecture from Bill Simmons.
- The Kings can't even trade future first round picks until 2019 because of the pick owed to the Cavaliers that has multiple layers of protection.
Despite all the seeming evidence against this rumor, it still somehow managed to get picked up by more respectable websites and presented as fact.
So without further ado, here is Sam Amick:
FYI re: Rajon Rondo rumor, Celtics & Kings have had no talks about him or any other player, I'm told by both sides. Nothing to see here...— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) December 17, 2013
and A. Sherrod Blakely
Spoke w/source moments ago who said the latest Rajon Rondo rumor that he will be traded to the Sacramento #Kings, is "not happening."— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) December 17, 2013
Please keep this as a reminder that during trading season, you have to be judicious in what you believe. If the website you're reading is a place you've never heard of, there's a pretty good chance there's nothing to that rumor.