Boston Celtics trade rumors indicated that a possible Rajon Rondo trade for Dwight Howard may have been discussed with the LA Lakers. On Friday night (Feb. 15), though, a report from ESPN threw a lot of water on that scenario.
According to the report, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak stated that, "I haven't talked to Danny Ainge in weeks. I made the statement a week or two ago that we're not going to trade Howard and that hasn't changed." Ainge is the general manager for the Celtics, so he would be the one that Kupchak would have to talk to.
The preliminary trade talks were originally reported by CBS Sports, but there hasn't really been a source willing to back up that story yet. On paper, a Rondo for Howard trade might have worked back before the All-Star point guard got injured. It could have brought an elite guard to the Lakers to work with Kobe Bryant for several more seasons and give the Celtics a beast in the low post.
These Boston Celtics trade rumors don't seem very realistic at this point, even if the two general managers did court the idea of making a deal. A Rajon Rondo trade might still be in the future for the Celtics, but it likely won't include the LA Lakers. Fantasy basketball owners with Steve Nash would have been very disappointed in a trade like that unless Nash was also heading to Boston.
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