Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported last night that the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics have had “preliminary discussion” regarding a trade that would send Rajon Rondo to the Lakers and Dwight Howard to the Celtics. This despite what we’ve heard from both organizations regarding their young stars.
Earlier this month, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak told the LA Times that, “We will not trade Dwight Howard. We have no intention of making a trade”. And both Celtics President Danny Ainge and Celtics Doc Rivers spent all last season denying that they were shopping Rondo.
With all that said, of course minds can change. Especially since the two organizations were reportedly engaged in discussions in March about a Rondo-Pau Gasol swap. Which eventually broke down because the Lakers wouldn’t give up Gasol. So there may be evidence that the Celtics at least are willing to part ways with Rondo. But according to Berger, there are still two “significant impediments” to a Howard-Rondo deal.