If you're an NBA general manager, and you aren't interesting in adding a player like Rajon Rondo, then you probably won't last very long. Rondo is a talented point guard, one of the best in the NBA. There's no arguing that fact. Almost every team would probably like to add a player of his caliber.
The latest rumors have the Los Angeles Lakers targeting Rondo. Not quite sure where this one popped up from, but a topic of discussing on Wednesday morning is the possible trade of Rondo to the Lakers ... in exchange for Pau Gasol.
Excuse me while I roll around on the floor laughing.
Why on earth would the Celtics entertain trading Rondo for Gasol? Granted, any GM must consider all options, and this one certainly isn't on Danny Ainge (as far as we know). But seriously, Rondo for Gasol? That would be about the dumbest move since the Detroit Pistons took Darko Milicic over Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and so on.
Rondo is young and in the middle of a career year. He's scoring better than he ever has before, and his assists and steals numbers are once again near the top of the league. There may be two or three better point guards than Rondo in the game right now, and that's it. He's a player that you build around for the future. Gasol, well, he is not.
I'm not even sure if Gasol is even considered a top 15 big anymore. Sure, he's a nice player, and the thought of pairing him with Garnett (I guess that's how they'd do it?) is a scary one for opposing defenses. Not if you have to give up Rondo, though.
So please, enough with the nonsense. Rondo's not going anywhere, especially not L.A.