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We should never have believed Peter Vescey

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You know you're losing credibility when reports from local papers covering both teams deny your trade rumor.  

One day after Peter Vescey casually mentioned that the Wizards and Suns were discussing a Shawn Marion for Antawn Jamison swap, officials from both teams denied that any trade talk had taken place.  

Per the East Valley Tribune, a local Phoenix paper:

The Suns seemed to laugh off any idea they would make a Shawn Marion-for-Antawn Jamison deal or have any chance to make a deal for Kobe Bryant.

Asked about a report of the Suns trading Marion for Jamison, the Washington Wizards' high-scoring small forward, [assistant GM Dave] Griffin said: "We never had a conversation with them, ever, about anything like that. Completely asinine."

Asked about the chances of a deal for Bryant, Griffin said, "Zero."

That was confirmed by Ivan Carter of the Washington Post today.

Two leagues sources yesterday said there was no truth to a recently reported rumor that the Wizards and Phoenix Suns have discussed a trade that would send forward Antawn Jamison to the Suns for forward Shawn Marion. Jamison, who is entering his fourth season with the Wizards, will earn $16.3 million next season in the final year of his contract and can become a free agent next summer.

Finally, to add insult to injury, the Arizona Republic shot down the rumor as well.

You never know if it's all a smokescreen, but both sides seemed pretty adament.  Bottom line: never trust Peter Vescey for anything.