The Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics have been fierce rivals for decades, so it is hard to imagine that these two teams would be talking about doing a trade together. This past week, though, those rumors have been flying around with reports saying that there have been preliminary talks between the two teams that would send the Lakers All-Star center Dwight Howard to Boston and Rajon Rondo to Los Angeles.
Currently, Rondo is out for the season due to a tear in his ACL and is hoping for a comeback in training camp before next season. Howard has also been going through injuries this season with his shoulder and has not been performing like the former defensive player of the year that he is.
Rondo is the face of the Celtics right now and for the future. He is part of big three that includes Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, both of whom are close to retiring. With the absence of Rondo, the Celtics have been succeeding, which might be giving management a false sense of security of how well they can do without their star point guard. Despite what people may think, the team is better with Rondo and the league is now built around star point guards. The Celtics can’t afford to let a rare talent like this go, especially for a player who is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As for the Lakers, they are a complete mess right now and trading Howard might be the right thing to do. However, putting Rondo into the mix with Bryant will be just as disastrous as Howard with Bryant. Rondo has an ego just like Bryant and he is not afraid to stand up against a player like Bryant or yell orders at the five-time champion. Knowing Kobe as well as we all do, this will not sit well with him. Bryant wants to be in charge of the show and he doesn’t want a young player telling him what to do.
The Lakers need to try and trade Howard before he leaves the team without getting anything in return. However, making a trade with Boston for Rondo will be a huge mistake.
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