|Posted by shawn cassidy on February 16, 2013 at 2:00 AM|
Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak denied reports that the Lakers and Celtics were in preliminary talks to trade Dwight Howard for Rajon Rondo.
"I haven't talked to Danny Ainge in weeks," Kupchak told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard. "I made the statement a week or two ago that we're not going to trade Dwight Howard and that hasn't changed."
When asked if a possible Dwight-for-Rondo trade was discussed when he spoke to the Celtics weeks ago, Kupchak again said no. He said at no point this season has a Dwight-for-Rondo trade been discussed.
A league source last night confirmed a CBS-Sports.com report that the Celtics held preliminary discussions with the Lakers about trading Rajon Rondo for Dwight Howard.
“The Lakers like Rondo, and (the Celtics) have looked into getting Howard in the past,” said the source, who termed the likelihood of such a deal now “unlikely.”
Talks were last held at least two weeks ago, before Rondo was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee. The Celtics guard underwent surgery by Dr. James Andrews last Tuesday in Florida, where Rondo is currently recuperating.
Rondo can't escape rumors even when he's not playing. It's said that both teams discussed the deal before Rondo's injury. I won't throw any sites under the bus. But another blog seems ready for this deal. All they care about is this season. They believe it makes the Celtics a threat this year. I think Howard could be a cancer folks. Obviously it's interesting to see this news, but it's disheartening as well.