Lately, Rondo has been a common name involved in trade rumors. Before the season, it was rumored Celtics general manager Danny Ainge was interested in trading Rondo for Chris Paul. Now there's a rumor the Lakers could be interested in trading for Rondo's services.
Recently, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com asked Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak what he would like to address before the trade deadline. His response was surprising.
"Well, if there were a way for us to get a 25-year-old, All-Star, ball-handling guard we'd love to do it … but that's not likely in February. So you look at other alternatives, and see if it's better than what you have. That's all."
Was that a hint? As Eric Pincus of Hoopsworld.com said, Kupchack is "not the kind of GM who will flat out lie to media, but rather chose not to answer the question directly or indirectly."
The Celtics could be interested because other than Kevin Garnett, they don't have much depth in the front court. Acquiring Pau Gasol makes a lot of sense for them. But trading the guy who was presumed to be the Celtics' future? That's a tough decision the Celtics need to make.
Going forward, how far can Rondo take you as the best player on the team? He's a great distributor but not much of a scorer, especially late in the game.
This trade would be great for the Lakers, which is why they should actively pursue it to make it work.
Here are four reasons the Lakers must do all they can to make trade for Rondo.