NBA Trade Rumors: Rajon Rondo to the Los Angeles Lakers for Pau Gasol

Joshua Carroll@JoshmaniiiCorrespondent IIFebruary 7, 2012

There have been multiple reports, including one from senior NBA writer Eric Pincus, that both organizations, the Lakers and the Celtics, are interested in trading Pau Gasol for Rajon Rondo.

Both of the legendary franchises are struggling this season. The Lakers are currently on a two-game losing streak and the general consensus is that they need a new point guard.

The Celtics have been battling injuries, especially their floor general Rajon Rondo. It's no secret that the Big Three are getting older and there have been talks of Danny Ainge blowing the team up in hopes of rebuilding for the future.

What could this trade mean for both teams? Which team would benefit more? Would this be a smart move on Danny Ainge's part?

These are the questions that begin to cross our mind when we begin to try and make sense of this trade.

For the Lakers, I believe this could be an immediate fix to many of their troubles. Partnering Rondo with Kobe Bryant in the backcourt would result in another much-needed playmaker out there on the floor for Los Angeles.

Yes, they would be giving up one of their seven-footers who has been playing some solid basketball as of late. However, the Lakers have not been winning and are in danger of missing the playoffs if changes aren't made.

As Bryant nears the end of his illustrious career, we all know he wants that sixth ring more than anything. He is about winning now and now only.

Rondo is also a great defender and could match up with some of the premier perimeter players come playoff time. To say he would be an upgrade over Derek Fisher is an extreme understatement.

Now you look at this trade from the Celtics' side. Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are not getting any younger and their age has really began to show this season.

Allen will be a free agent at the end of the season and could possibly be on his way out to play for a contender and chase one more ring before he retires.

Garnett has been playing well lately, but he is no longer the dominant force we remember during the Celtics' championship run.

Pierce is the age-old Celtic who still has a little left in his tank, but The Truth is no longer one of the top players in the league.

If the Celtics were to acquire Gasol for Rondo would that make them contenders once again? The answer is no. 

Rondo is the unsung hero for the Celtics. He is their leader and director out their on the court and gets the Big Three the ball where they can be successful. 

Without Rondo the Celtics will be like chicken with their heads cut off running around recklessly working harder ever possession to create open shots.

Sure, you can feed Pau the ball from time to time, but he can't carry a team. Look how that worked out from him in Memphis.

It seems as though Ainge is in panic mode and I believe it would be very foolish for him to make this trade.

It would help the Lakers and hurt the Celtics and that's something I don't think any Celtics fans want to see.

Apparently Ainge is not interested in rebuilding around Rondo, but he'd be much better off doing so rather than trading for Pau Gasoft.

For now, we will all have to sit back and speculate, but beware, this trade could put the Lakers right back in the hunt for that championship ring.