Trade reports can tear teams apart if gamers aren’t mindful. An especially explosive report almost did that to the 2008 Boston Celtics, nearly breaking a team that had won the NBA Finals.

According to Kendrick Perkins, the Celtics were considering making a run for Chris Paul. It would’ve indicated trading away guard Rajon Rondo; however, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett weren’t going to lose their teammate.

Ray Allen, on the other hand, recommended it. When word returned to Rondo, things exploded in the locker space to the point where the team made them battle it out.

” Rondo wound up discovering out about [Allen wishing to trade him] and that was it from there,” Perkins told SiriusXM NBA Radio. “To the point where we brought boxing gloves to the health club and they got on boxing gloves, Ray and Rondo, like they put on the gloves. We made them box it out for like two rounds.”

Perkins says the team utilized to have fights all the time. In hindsight, it does not appear too farfetched provided the intensity and characters of Garnett, Rondo, Pierce and Allen.

Yet this was also the very same group coached by Doc Rivers, who preached togetherness and utilized the South African concept of “ubuntu” as a rallying cry.

Perkins believes Rondo never got over the trade reports and the concept of Allen desiring him out.

Allen would wind up leaving the Celtics in 2012 to play with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. Pierce and Garnett were traded to the Brooklyn Nets a year later. Rondo went last, hanging on with Boston till the team sent him to the Dallas Mavericks in 2014 with Dwight Powell for Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, Brandan Wright and 2 draft choices.