Lakers Rumors: Trading Pau Gasol for Rajon Rondo Would Create New Problems

The NBA rumor mill hasn't exactly been spinning fast and furious as of late, but the hottest speculation has to be the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics considering swapping Pau Gasol and Rajon Rondo. For the Lakers, however, that deal would only create another hole.

According to Eric Pincus of Hoops World, Lakers general manager may have made a Freudian slip that suggested the Lakers were interested in the Celtics' point guard. At the same time, Pincus said that sources indicated Boston has reciprocated interest in Spanish big man Gasol.

At first glance the trade makes perfect sense, since the Celtics are in dire need of a center to play alongside Kevin Garnett, while the Lakers could really use a ball handler that can take some pressure off of Kobe Bryant in the backcourt.

What some fail to realize, however, is that it won't exactly be easy for the Lakers to replace Gasol's production. Gasol is averaging nearly 17 points, 10 rebounds and over a block per game this season. He forms one of the best interior duos in the game along with center Andrew Bynum. Breaking that up would certainly be a tough thing for LA to do.

They were obviously willing to do so during the offseason as a potential trade for point guard Chris Paul involved Gasol going to the Houston Rockets, but that trade was famously vetoed. There is no denying that Rondo would be valuable as well since he is averaging nearly 14 points and 10 assists per contest this year, but I'm not sure it would be worth it.

There is no question that Bryant would benefit from having somebody like Rondo who can lug the ball up the floor. That would allow Bryant to vary his game a bit by running off screens and doing some spot-up shooting, but Kobe is extremely comfortable in his current role.

Over the course of his entire career he has never really had a point guard to run the offense. For the vast majority of his time in the league, Derek Fisher has b...

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