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Lakers, Celtics talk then kill Gasol for Rondo; LA still looking

Mar 12, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

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Pau Gasol and Rajon Rondo have both traveled a similar path this season. Both were offered up in a trade for Chris Paul, and when that didn’t work out they became the names fans of the Lakers and Celtics talked about shopping. For their part, both teams said they wanted to keep the guy publically, but on the market told teams they would move him for an elite star.

Then there were the Rondo for Gasol rumors. Those came up again and the two teams talked last week and killed the idea, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The Lakers are unwilling to trade Pau Gasol for Rondo, making a deal with Boston unlikely before the trade deadline Thursday.

“Unless they give up Gasol, they’re not going to get a top-level point guard,” said a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to discuss it publicly.

Take note, that is clearly from a Los Angeles source. Talk to a Celtics source and you would get that they were not going to trade Rondo in that scenario. (Remember that principle this week — all rumor leaks are spin, so figure out who gains from it when you hear it.)

The Lakers may be slow to part with Gasol to make a major overhaul (unless ownership in Orlando changes its mind about Dwight Howard), but expect them to move one of their two first round picks for someone.

That someone could be Michael Beasley, reports the Times. He can provide scoring punch and is an expiring contract.

A more likely scenario is the Lakers giving up one of their picks — their own and Dallas’ first rounder, part of the Lamar Odom trade (think Dallas would like that pick back now?) — for a point guard. If I were a betting man I’d guess Ramon Sessions out of Cleveland, but a number of other guys like Detroit’s Will Bynum can be had for less if the Lakers want to hold on to those first rounders.

  1. loungefly74 - Mar 12, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    ugh…i wish the Lakers would just make a couple MINOR tweeks (sessions/beasley/etc…) and ride out the season with what they got. personally, i think this team is closer to a title game appearance than most think (but hey, i’m a Laker fan, so go figure). this team just needs to find it’s “heart” again.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      Yes sir!
      Consievably they could give up their firstie to Minny for Beasley and get another scorer to start at SF and the Dal 1st ( which is top 20 protected and the Mav’s get to chose from ’12-’17 which year they are willing to give it to the Lakers, making it pretty useless as they likely won’t give it up on a good draft year like this one. Lakers got robbed blind on that deal!) to CLE for Sessions and roll out a lineup of…

      PG- Sessions
      SG- Bryant
      SF- Beasley
      PF- Gasol
      C- Bynum

      …or we can keep the picks. This year is straight LOADED with quality ballers coming out of college this year to the point that even the 2nd round will produce some sweet picks. I’d rather go the draft route this year. But then again we got to trust Jimmy Buss’ little brother and his bartender to make the draft picks soooo…maybe Beas’ and “school is now in” sessions may be the way to go!

      • loungefly74 - Mar 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM

        i would be very happy with that line-up…

        …but i hear ya, getting a PG in the draft would be nice too.

        yeah, Malt…i feel our Lakers have the potential to go deep this year (like the Mavs last year…and who saw that coming? nobody)…i don’t buy into the “sky is falling” mentality from haters or laker fans with short term memory loss.

  2. homelanddefense - Mar 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    That would be an awful move for Boston, they need to get younger…..not trade their best young player for an older one. Im not sure Rondo is a guy you can build around, but you have to do better than that if you trade him.

  3. deadeyedesign23 - Mar 12, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    I wouldn’t get this move for Boston. If it’s for this year, then what are you doing with KG? If it’s for after KG is off the books then why would you be trading young for old?

  4. laughsatyou - Mar 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    The problem with keeping Rondo is Boston will always be a playoff team . They are in a very tough spot . The worst thing in the NBA to be is just a middle of the road team . Either trade everyone for younger players and cap space or lose in first or second round. Ainge has a very tough decision to make but if I was him I would have to take what i can get for the big three. Losing for two years and getting high picks is probably the best option at this point. Nothing wrong with rebuilding or reloading just someone has to make that tough call.

  5. lakerluver - Mar 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Kobe, Rondo, and Bynum would be a nice trio. However, I can’t see Boston doing it unless Rondo is a cancer in the locker room. Whatever the LAKERS do I hope they don’t sign Will Bynum. He’s a career backup and 5′ 10″!! Sessions would be much better. I also like Beasley off the bench for instant offense. Maybe being around Kobe would help him reach his potential.

  6. bozosforall - Mar 12, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    NO interest in that deal. I’ll take Gasol over Rondo any day. You can’t teach size.

  7. kacapaco - Mar 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    This is awful joke. How come a team dare to give its youngest, brightest perennial player for an aging soft piece?? It is insanity. No, Celtics r NOT going to that.

    • loungefly74 - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:44 AM

      eh…i could “spin” your comment this way…

      …”this is awful joke. how come a team dare to give its most agile, versatile, big man in the league for an erractic, extremely poor shooting PG who can’t hit free throws? it is insanity. No, Lakers r NOT going to that.”

      (yeah, kept the poor grammer you presented for effect, but hey, no biggie, its a blog site, i mess up too)

      anyways…i think you are underselling Gasol big time. i think Rondo is a valuable asset as well but don’t make a premier 2 time champ to be a waste of space.

  8. sneakd29 - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Will Bynum over Sessions is a better

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