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

The Celtics [1] and Lakers “have engaged in preliminary trade discussions” about a deal that would send Rajon Rondo [2] to Los Angeles and bring Dwight Howard [3] to Boston, according to CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger [4].

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 [5] confirmed Berger’s report [6], citing that the “unlikely” trade talks occurred prior to Rondo’s injury. That piece of information seems fairly significant. And then there’s this.