Although Dwight Howard said the Lakers informed him that he would not be dealt by next week’s trade deadline, there are reports that the Celtics and Lakers have had discussions that would sent the soon-to-be free agent to Boston for injured All-Star Rajon Rondo.
According to Ken Berger, CBS Sports:
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 imagination runs rampant with the tantalizing possibilities.
Other significant pieces would have to be involved, since Rondo’s $11 million salary is substantially less than Howard’s $19.5 million. If the Lakers dealt Howard for an All-Star point guard who is out for the rest of the season following ACL surgery, they’d effectively be throwing in the towel on this miserable, underachieving season and looking to next year.