We’re a couple of days away from the NBA trade deadline so expect the trade talk to come fast and furious. There will be talk or good trades, talk of awful trades, and talk of a team getting cold feet when presented with a good trade. This particular brand of trade talk is definitely of the latter.
We’ve definitely harped on the fact that the Lakers need a point guard that can actually do something on the court. This is common knowledge for anyone that has been remotely paying attention. So when the Lakers get approached with an opportunity to get a point guard of the caliber of say, Rajon Rondo, one would think they would jump at the opportunity. But for some reason they have not and it’s because they don’t want to give up Pau Gasol. Yes, the same Pau Gasol that they were going to give up for Chris Paul.
Yeah, makes no sense at all.
The teams talked last week about a trade for Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, though nothing was close to accomplished and discussions dried up.
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.
The Lakers’ front office has been awful this season. They gave up Lamar Odom for next to nothing and now they’re balking at doing what it takes to get Rajan Rondo. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did decide to trade Kobe Bryant.