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Many feel Rondo's value is greater than Dwight Howard's
Dwight Howard won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award three times consecutively and took the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals in 2009. He's widely considered the best center in the NBA.
And he's still not enough for Rajon Rondo, despite reports from the New York Post that Danny Ainge and Mitch Kupchak were engaged in talks to swap superstars.
Rondo led the NBA in assists last season, and was leading the league again this season prior to injury. He's made four consecutive All-Star appearances and is arguably a top-three NBA point guard.
And then there is the fact that, as mentioned in the Lopez slide, Howard has declined as a player.
Rondo just suffered a major injury, but in many ways it makes more sense to trust Rondo's ACL recovery than to put faith in Howard's ailing back and shoulder. Howard was an iron man in his first six NBA seasons with Orlando, but now that the ship is starting to fall apart, it seems people are beginning to think his best days may be behind him.
Beyond that, there is the fact that trading Rondo would leave the Celtics without a point guard and without an identity. With no premier point guard to pair with Howard, how would No. 12 score at a high level?
Howard is not that adept at creating his own offense from the post, and he's best suited for playing in the pick-and-roll. Removing Rondo from the C's would give him the options of Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee for pick-and-rolls.
The Lakers, meanwhile, would absolutely make out in this trade and have a major piece moving forward, while Kobe played on into the sunset.
It won't happen.