The Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics discussed a potential trade for star point guard Rajon Rondo, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Those conversations dried up, however, as the two sides never came close to agreeing on any terms to make the deal happen. The Times reports that the Lakers were unwilling to trade veteran center Pau Gasol for Rondo, which was likely a deal breaker.
It has been rumored several times this season that Boston has attempted to move their talented point guard. As recently as last week, ESPN reported that the club was “aggressively” trying to trade Rondo. In December it was believed that the Celtics were looking to trade Rondo for then New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul. Boston’s front office adamantly denied those rumors, however.
Rondo has only played in 30 games this season partly due to his wrist injury and two-game suspension for throwing a ball at an official and striking him in the chest. He is averaging 13.9 points, 10.0 assists, and 1.7 steals per contest.