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The Anatomy Of A Ridiculous Trade Rumor

by Darnell Mayberry Published: November 30, 2011
Under league rules, there is no way a reported trade offer that would have had Rusell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo swap uniforms would have even legally been permitted.
Under league rules, there is no way a reported trade offer that would have had Rusell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo swap uniforms would have even legally been permitted.

Everyone seems to love a good trade rumor.

They can all be so enticing that many of us tend to ignore whether the rumors are even possible, let alone factual.

Such was the case Tuesday night, when ESPN’s Chris Broussard via Twitter reported that Boston recently offered Jeff Green and Rajon Rondo to the Thunder for Russell Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins.

Boston offered Rondo & Jeff Green to OKC for Westbrook & KPerkins after last season’s playoffs. OKC was not interested, sources say.”

Sounds like a juicy one, right?

Two of the leagues elite teams. Two top five point guards (arguably). The game’s best low-post man defender (arguably). And, well, Jeff Green, who many Thunder fans still love and hope will someday return.

Here’s the problem.

Under league rules, this trade scenario is utterly impossible. It couldn’t happen, not even if the Thunder had interest in essentially erasing perhaps the best trade in the franchise’s short time in OKC.

Here’s why.

League rule prohibit teams from reacquiring a player they traded away during that season unless the player has been waived. The duration of a season is July 1 to June 30. For Boston to have made its pitch to OKC after the playoffs, the call would have had to have been made prior to July 1.Teams could not discuss players, trades or contract negotiations from July 1 until today. If the pitch was made prior to July 1, the trade couldn’t have gone through.

There’s more.

Because Green was set to be a restricted free agent on July 1, Boston could not have traded him without his consent. Had Green agreed, he would have lost his Bird rights and essentially forfeited millions by going back to a team that just shipped him out because it didn’t deem him worthy of the millions he wanted to begin with.

Interesting, eh?

With all that said, it doesn’t mean the trade wasn’t indeed offered. It very well could have been.

There was just no way it would have ever been granted approval.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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