Lakers General Manager, Mitch Kupchak stated “I haven’t talked to Danny Ainge in weeks. I made the statement a week or two ago that we’re not going to trade Dwight Howard and that hasn’t changed.” That is great news for Celtics fans. Why would they want to make this trade?
Yes, the Celtics have played well, winning seven out of eight games, since Rondo went down with an ACL injury in late January. And yes, the Celtics are the third worst team in the NBA when it comes to rebounding.
However, trading Rondo for Howard would be a disaster for the Celtics. Here is why.
First, Howard is coming off of back surgery and he is just as likely as Rondo to not be himself. Maybe even more so based upon his production this season.
Second, there is too much drama involved regarding Howard. His maturity and commitment have been questioned in the past and are still be brought up.
Third, Howard is a liability in late game situations because of his horrible free throw percentage. The “Hack-A-Dwight” strategy not only can cost teams games, but it can hurt team morale when the best player cannot be on the court because he has not mastered the art of shooting a free throw.
Fourth, the Celtics are playing well without Rondo and have built chemistry, but that does not mean adding Howard would help them.
Instead, adding Howard actually could destroy the chemistry that they have built and have an adverse effect on the team.
Lastly, Howard does not fit into the Celtics culture that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have created. He is not mentally tough enough to handle all of the demands that it takes to be a Celtic.
The best thing the Celtics could do is allow Rondo to get healthy and let another franchise add Howard to their roster.
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