“However, CBSSports.com has learned that the Lakers have engaged in preliminary trade discussions with an unlikely trade partner regarding Howard: their fierce rival, the Boston Celtics. The centerpieces of the possible deal, which hasn’t gained any traction, would be Howard and Rajon Rondo.”
The trade doesn’t work straight up because Rondo’s salary of $11 million does not match Howard’s $19.5 million which means there would have to be other pieces involved. If the Celtics acquired Dwight Howard without giving up Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry, or Jeff Green, they could be in a position to get back to the Finals.
To slow it down a bit, there are reasons why this trade might not go far. Rondo just had ACL surgery and would be no use the Lakers this season. Dwight Howard has been assured by the Lakers that he’s not getting traded this season, but if they were open to moving him, Boston is hesitant to acquire him because they want a long term commitment out of him. Personally, being surrounded by a fundamentally sound team and organization, and getting coached by Doc Rivers, might entice him.
According to CBS Sports, sources close to the trade discussions report that this trade could be made during the offseason instead of February 21st. But seeing how this season has gone for the Lakers, they may be open to making a trade now.
With the Celtics winning 8 out of their last 9 games sans Rajon Rondo, Danny Ainge feels confident that Boston can find a point guard who can run the offense via the draft or free agency. So far, the Celtics have done a good job in Rondo’s absence, and that is probably why Danny Ainge was on the phone with the Lakers.
Folks, it’s that time of year again. We’re going to hear plenty of rumors up until the trade deadline. Seeing that these talks are preliminary, there is no reason to be alarmed, but with the Lakers even thinking about acquiring Rondo, there is a possibility Boston may be willing to strike a deal.