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Woj: Celtics, Lakers never discussed Pau for Rondo

RedsArmyAdmin March 2, 2012 Uncategorized 7 Comments

Since we're on a "dispelling rumors" binge… here's Woj on WEEI today dispelling the popular rumor that the Celtics and Lakers have had discussions about a Rajon Rondo for Pau Gasol trade.

“I think that LA certainly wants a point guard, there’s no question. I know Kobe [Bryant]loves Rondo, and he’d love to play with him. I’ve also been told, for all the talk about that Gasol [rumor] … I’ve been told the two teams never ever discussed — LA had never called Boston and they’ve never discussed it. I don’t think it’s anything that’s really based in any reality.”

Here's how this whole rumor got started:

  • Pau Gasol was almost traded for Chris Paul… indicating the Laker willingness to move him.  They've never backed off that willingness.
  • Rajon Rondo was almost traded for Chris Paul… indicating the Celtics willingness to move him.  They have since, multiple times, backed off that willingness… saying they'd only trade him for a megastar.
  • Mitch Kupchak made this comment: "Well, if there were a way for us to get a 25-year-old, All-Star, ball handling guard we'd love to do it."  There's only one of those in the league… and he wears #9 for Boston.

POOF.  Rumor.  And the lazy-asses at big-name outlets kept casually dropping it like it had credence when it didn't.

I'm not posting this to add any fuel to the Rondo stuff… or to beat a dead horse.  I'm posting this to show some of you how rumors start, why they don't go away, and why, if you pay attention, you can spot rumors that have something to them and rumors that don't.

Never discount the laziness of certain "insiders" which, coupled with the need to fill countless hours of air time, lead to the casual dropping of names in conjunction with one another even though they never bothered to pick up a phone or a blackberry to confirm some of these rumors.  This is just one example.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/lobbe Caterpillar from Italy

    I don’t wanna fuel any Rondo stuff either, but let me understand:
    you take for granted a rumor (“..I’ve been told the two teams never ever discussed..” Who told you? When?) stating that other rumors are garbage. So why this is for real?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    well (a) Woj is a trusted source. His reporting is generally good because (b) he takes the time to confirm reports.
    So from Wojnarowski, I take it as a solid report. If he’s been told they haven’t spoken, then that’s good information to me. From some others, I question it.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    Based upon the evidence presented, if they DIDN’T discuss it they are fools.

  • Danno

    Woj is pretty good. But I’ve seen him parrot some nonsense trades as well. I don’t know that I’d go as far as calling him a “trusted source” so much as a “decent reporter” and take it with a grain or two of salt.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sothewind Lee in Oregon

    Unfortunately, this horse will never die.

  • s

    Regardless, I think we can all agree that Woj is no Broussard…therefore, this report has a lot more credence to me.

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