Feb 21, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) passes the ball around Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Can The Lakers Realistically Get Rajon Rondo?

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On Sunday, a report surfaced that Rajon Rondo had “requested” a trade from the Boston Celtics — in not so many words. According to the report, Rondo told the Celtics that he “wants out.”

Soon after, rumblings circulated around that a potential landing partner for Rondo could involve the Los Angeles Lakers.

Of course. Why not?

As highlighted by Eddie Scarito, of Hoops Rumors, the Lakers could potentially (hypothetically) package Julius Randle, and some expiring contracts like Steve Nash and/or Jeremy Lin (and probably picks) to send to Boston in exchange for Rondo.

Los Angeles could offer some combination of draft picks, Julius Randle, and one or both of Jeremy Lin‘s and Steve Nash‘s expiring deals, plus the Lakers probably could be talked into taking on Gerald Wallace‘s $20MM+ that he’s owed over the next two seasons as well. This wouldn’t be a bad return for Boston, especially if they could rid their books of Wallace’s deal in the process. One major hitch would be convincing Rondo to re-sign with the Lakers, which MacMullan said he wouldn’t be willing to do.

Assuming that the Lakers are even willing to part ways with Julius Randle, is there a package out there that would be more appealing to the Boston Celtics than one centered around a talent like Randle?

 

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