The Celtics have completed 19 trades since July of 2013. But for every actual trade, it seems like we’ve had dozens of trade rumors. So let’s do a fun experiment. Let’s look back at all the trade rumors that this site has reported on over the last few years, starting with the most recent and working backwards.
Klay Thompson available? - Turned out to be bogus, but made for interesting discussion.
Omri Casspi - Perhaps as a throw-in on a bigger deal?
Jahlil Okafor - A reasonable backup plan if all else fails.
Or perhaps BOTH! - This one involves a dead whale. No really.
Jimmy Butler - didn’t happen on draft night despite “advanced discussions”
A mystery trade for the Nets pick that fell through
Kevin Love (an oft-repeated storyline)
DeMarcus Cousins - an annual tradition this time of year
The Celtics offered 6 picks for the right to draft Justise Winslow—and were turned down twice!!!
Looking to trade up in the draft (always)
DeMarcus Cousins - because of course
Februrary 2015: this is the month they actually landed Isaiah Thomas...
This month was pretty much wall-to-wall Rajon Rondo speculation
Seriously, there are too many Rondo rumors to link to.
...because Ainge is always looking to trade up in the draft.
So there you have it. Every rumor for the last three and a half years. (Note: most of these rumors were repeated frequently, and I didn’t even count all the free agency and draft selection rumors we covered)
Think of the mythical roster you could construct just from the names mentioned above: Westbrook, Griffin, Love, Butler, Thompson, Melo, the list goes on. There’s also some deals we’re glad never happened (hi, Omer Asik!). I fought the good fight on Rajon Rondo and lived through several phases of Kevin Love rumors. I count 36 names above (excluding duplicates), and I’m sure there are several that I missed. Add those to the 19 trades that actually happened and ...yeah, we’ve been busy around here.
It has been a lot of fun and the party continues this winter. Stay tuned for more here on CelticsBlog.