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Trade rumor: Celtics, Lakers discuss Rajon Rondo for Dwight Howard

Posted By Ben Rohrbach On February 15, 2013 @ 10:04 pm In General | 39 Comments

Rajon Rondo [1]

Rajon Rondo

The Celtics and Lakers “have engaged in preliminary trade discussions” about a deal that would send Rajon Rondo to Los Angeles and bring Dwight Howard to Boston, according to CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger [2].

Since Rondo makes $11 million in salary and Howard makes $19.5 million, the Celtics would have to include more pieces to make such a blockbuster deal work. Still, the Lakers are hesitant to deal the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and the Celtics would need assurance that Howard would re-sign in Boston this summer, according to the report. Those obstacles — and so many more — make the trade a long shot.

Still, the C’s and Lakers could table what little discussion has actually taken place until the offseason, when Rondo’s recovery from ACL surgery has progressed and Howard becomes a sign-and-trade possibility, Berger said.

Just imagine how Rondo would perform on national TV against the Celtics.

UPDATE: The Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy confirmed Berger’s report [3], citing that the “unlikely” trade talks occurred prior to Rondo’s injury. That piece of information seems fairly significant. And then there’s this.

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[2] according to CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/story/21710534/whats-right-for-dwight-will-lakers-deal-howard

[3] confirmed Berger’s report: http://bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/celtics_insider/2013/02/source_confirms_that_cs_talked_rondohoward_swap_with

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