Not all trade rumors are created equal. Terry Foster of the Detroit News reminded everyone of this fact when he wrote this strange, unsourced article linking the Pistons with former University of Michigan point guard Trey Burke:
The Jazz are entertaining offers for Burke, and are reported to be interested in Pistons forward Greg Monroe. Utah is also willing to part with center Enes Kanter.
The deal, however, is unlikely because of John Lucas III.
Foster's entire article is 228 words long, but that's the gist of it. Not one of those words explained the fact that Monroe, who signed a qualifying offer last summer, has veto power over any potential trade, since any move would negate his Bird Rights and likely take money out of his pocket when he seeks a long-term deal this summer.
Neither do any of the words explain that the Jazz already have a crowded frontcourt featuring Kanter, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert, or that they're 19-34 with zero playoff aspirations. Even if they've given up on Burke -- which is a stretch itself -- why trade a cheap young player on a rookie contract for a player seeking a max contract in a matter of months?
Also, where is it "reported" that the Jazz want Monroe in the first place? Google, HoopsHype or Twitter are failing me here. (If you see any reports predating Foster's claim, let me know in the comments and I'll update this article.) I also asked our lead Utah Jazz blogger at SLC Dunk -- it's the first he's heard of it, too. But hey, it's rumor season.
The John Lucas III line is the perfect kicker. The Pistons apparently think so little of Monroe that they might trade him for someone who's no better than the guy they signed off the street to a 10-day deal? OK.
When Kevin Durant looks reporters in the eye and says, "You guys don't really know shit," this is what he's talking about. I hate myself for even bringing it to your attention, but now your thoughts.