Rumor: Lakers, Celtics Interested In Blockbuster Pau Gasol-Rajon Rondo Trade
Warning: If you don’t like stories that are highly speculative in nature, then you might want to skip over this one.
According to a report from HoopsWorld’s Eric Pincus, there’s a chance of the L.A. Lakers trading Pau Gasol to the Boston Celtics for Rajon Rondo. Make of that what you will.
Here are the clues: First of all, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak made an indirect reference to Rondo in a recent Lakers.com interview, implying that he had definite interest.
“If there were a way for us to get a 25-year-old, All-Star, ball-handling guard we’d love to do it,” Kupchak said. “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.”
Rondo is the league’s only 25-year-old, All-Star, ball-handling guard, and Kupchak is known for putting quite literal meanings behind his comments.
Meanwhile, sources tell Pincus that Rondo for Gasol is something the Celtics might be interested in. Pincus also notes that “Boston does not intend to rebuild their roster around Rondo.”
Is a blockbuster deal possible in the near future? Sure. Is it likely? That’s a tougher question.