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Rumor: Celtics and Lakers Discussed Rondo for Gasol Last Week

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Lakers still trying to get their hands on Rondo.
Lakers still trying to get their hands on Rondo.

If you believe the spin coming out of the Boston camp, the Celtics are not actively shopping Rajon Rondo but will of course listen to offers. Other reports indicate that they were shopping him but only for a star player. All these reports kind of blur together after a while so you'll forgive me if I don't remember all the nuances. Here is the latest, which indicates that the Celtics are likely at least willing to discuss dealing Rondo for Gasol.

Celtics' Rajon Rondo is subject of trade talks -

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.

It is worth noting that this source is the L.A. Times and the source is clearly someone from the Lakers organization (or at least someone with a Laker-centric mindset). They would obviously have a different agenda than the Celtics sources would so this is being spun a different way. So it kind of depends on who you believe.

Regardless, the reports all seem to point to no deal between the two clubs. Which, despite our need for size, is fine by me as we've discussed at length before.

Another regurgitated and old-news rumor is that the Lakers are still interested in Beasley.

A more likely acquisition would be Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley, though the Lakers weren't willing to give up the first-round draft pick they received from Dallas in the Lamar Odom trade, among other unspecified conditions currently holding up a Beasley deal.