Lakers Trade Rumors: L.A.'s Hesitations on Rajon Rondo Will Affect Other Deals

T.J. McaloonContributorMarch 12, 2012

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The Los Angeles Lakers need a point guard and they’re interested in trading for Boston Celtics' All-Star guard Rajon Rondo. However, there unwillingness to give up Pau Gasol will affect this trade and others before the trade deadline on March 15th. 

From the L.A. Times, they are reporting on trade talks between these two teams, who in the past have quite the historical rivalry, saying: 

The teams talked last week about a trade for Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, though nothing was close to accomplished and discussions dried up. 

The Lakers are unwilling to trade Pau Gasol for Rondo, making a deal with Boston unlikely before the trade deadline Thursday.

"Unless they give up Gasol, they're not going to get a top-level point guard," said a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to discuss it publicly. 

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This isn’t the first time that Gasol has been named in trade rumors involving the Lakers. He has been most notably linked to the Houston Rockets in a deal that would send back to Los Angeles: Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and draft picks. 

However, the Lakers did not pull this trade off, just like the rumored deal with the Celtics.  

Those two deals aren’t the only rumored teams that the Lakers have allegedly been involved in talks with. From that same L.A. Times piece, the Lakers are rumored to have been involved in talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves for forward Michael Beasley, saying:

A more likely acquisition would be Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley, though the Lakers weren't willing to give up the first-round draft pick they received from Dallas in the Lamar Odom trade, among other unspecified conditions currently holding up a Beasley deal. 

Beasley, 23, is expendable because the Timberwolves are giving more time to rookie Derrick Williams. 

Their unwillingness to make these deals have kept the current Lakers roster in a state of limbo. As the March 15th deadline approaches, the threat of being moved becomes greater. 

However, as more of these rumor pieces come out, the more that we hear the Lakers are interested in moving pieces but not willing to listen to what other teams would want in return. 

If the Lakers continue to play coy with potential trade partners, like the Celtics, it will get back to other teams and will prevent the Lakers from improving their roster.