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Joe Dumars denies Brandon Knight-for-Rajon Rondo, Brandon Jennings trade talks

Jul 16, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

Rajon Rondo, Brandon Jennings

The Pistons talking to the Celtics about trading Brandon Knight for Rajon Rondo or the Bucks about Brandon Jennings in general – not true, according to Joe Dumars. Via Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

“Never happened, never even a conversation about Brandon,” Dumars said of the Boston Globe report over the weekend. “And today I saw something about Brandon Jennings.

“John Hammond and I were on the phone talking about our dogs.”

The Pistons have several options at point guard, none of them overwhelmingly appealing. Jennings or Rondo would likely upgrade the position for Detroit, but either would require a larger financial commitment plus giving up assets (though Jennings is a free agent, the Pistons no longer have the cap room to sign him outright, so a sign-and-trade would be necessary).

If the Pistons are serious about making the playoffs, they should be at least exploring ways to get Rondo or Jennings. That doesn’t mean there’s a good trade available, but it’s at least worth investigating.

So, why wouldn’t Dumars talk to Danny Ainge about Knight? And why wouldn’t he talk to Hammond about Jennings? There is no good reason, just as there’s no good reason to alienate Knight over a trade that probably won’t happen.

Dumars isn’t under oath. General managers mislead the media all the time, sometimes going as far as outright lying. Is that the case here? I have no idea, but it’s standard protocol for general managers to deny all trade talks until a deal is actually reached.

Likely, we’ll never find out whether Dumars discussed these options with the Bucks and Celtics.

Though he’d be a marginal upgrade, Jennings isn’t a great fit with a frontline of non-shooters in Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, and Jennings would cost much more than Knight, who has two years remaining on his rookie deal.  Rondo would be a much bigger upgrade, especially defensively, but again, his lack of shooting doesn’t mesh well. A Rondo trade might change Detroit’s need for backcourt shooting if the deal involves Drummond (really doubt the Pistons does that) or Monroe (possibly workable) going to the Celtics. But a deal based on Knight for Rondo? I can’t see how Ainge accepts that.

At best, these were probably discussions that went nowhere. Or perhaps, Dumars is being completely forthright. Either way, the result will be the same.

  1. lionsplayoffs - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    If Dumars was somehow able to get Rondo here, even if he has to give up Monroe, I would forgive him for passing on Trey Burke. Rondo would do more for us than Monroe, and Monroe is pretty good. But Rondo is a triple double threat. Brandon Knight has been terrible and this would solve a big problem.

  2. dwrek5 - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    I love Rondo, but Pistons need a shooter to spread the floor. Rondo won’t have any room to do his thing.

  3. mtheparrothead - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Please. You assume dumars is crafty enough to pull it off. He’s not

  4. dezglobal - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Joe D is in the final year of his contract, If they don’t make the playoffs he shouldn’t be given an extension.

  5. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Andre Drummond is so great. His per-36 numbers are 14 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks and 61% shooting. He’s gonna be a star.

    • borderline1988 - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      ‘Per 36 minutes’ stats can be very misleading.

      Although I agree that Drummond has a ton of potential.

  6. turdfurgerson68 - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Brandon Knight for Rondo?

    Only way Ainge would possibly make that deal is if Drummond and a few first rd picks are also included.

    Highly doubt Detroit would be willing to make that deal.

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