Rumors centered around a blockbuster trade that would send Rajon Rondo and multiple Boston Celtics players to the Sacramento Kings emerged thanks to a televised segment featuring Donny Marshall, a Celtics broadcaster and contributor to NBC Sports Network, but those rumors were quickly shot down by multiple reporters.
In a video segment on the NBC Sports Network, Marshall suggested the Kings and Celtics were working on a "huge deal":
"From the people that I talk to there is a huge deal in the mix, and Danny Ainge will say 'no no no', for not just Rondo but other players on this [Celtics] team to a team out West, the Sacramento Kings.
"The folks that I talk to, I would say it's pretty much a done deal. At some point. That means it's not just Rondo there will be other pieces."
Here's Marshall's entire segment where he discusses the Rondo rumor:
This rumor was quickly denied, though. The teams have not actually talked about a trade centered around Rondo, sources from both side of the deal told USA Today's Sam Amick. CSN New England reporter A. Sherrod Blakely also quotes a league source that said a Rondo trade to Sacramento is "not happening."
Marshall's rumor does not cite what the Kings would be trading to acquire the Celtics' injured point guard, but it doesn't appear to matter after it was denied by both sides quickly. SB Nation's Kings site Sactown Royalty discussed the origin of the rumor and concluded there wasn't much substance to the talks, while SB Nation's Celtics Blog noted that this isn't the first time Marshall has reported a Rondo trade was imminent in Boston. Rondo, of course, has played his entire career with the Celtics.
The Kings have been active in trades this season, first dealing for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams and then acquiring Rudy Gay from the Toronto Raptors. Sacramento has gone 7-15 as they rebuild under new management while Boston leads the Atlantic Division despite tearing down their roster and playing without Rondo through their first 26 games.