I think this trade has legs. Nobody is admitting to anything. Or maybe Mitch will call Danny and ask him "hey did you hear about this rumor" and in the end both would say, hey it would actually be a good deal wouldn't it? i would laugh it that happenedthey talked before rondo got injured and destroyed what little trade value he had.
I would jump on this trade. KG even if he retires at the end of this year, would train DH to play like a man for once.
DH playing like a real man, would be scary.
The lakers could get a lot more for HOward than an injured point guard.
This trade has legs part 2 if Mitch approaches Danny again.
Before the injury, the lakers had a big adv, getting rondo who is signed for a few more years for basically a star player (DH) that will be a FA after this season.
NOW bc of the injury (just a partial tear) and the celts so close being one piece away from becoming favorites, they may just take the risk and bring in howard just to play for rest of the year. Danny knows the celts are playing better without Rondo, so losing him and getting cap space relieve worse case scenario for next year would be ok anyways.
The lakers will get Gasol back and Howard has proven to be a nothing for them. Actually make things worse in the locker room. Kobe has repeatedly stated how much he likes rondo as a player.
So if this trade does happen
To Lakers: Rondo + Bass + Melo
To Bos: Dwight Howard + Jordan Hill
2013 best case for Bos: Win it all , DH learns to play like a man from kg's influence and signs 4 year deal. Jordan Hill comeback from injury 100 percent and becomes an important piece off the bench
Worse case: Celts don't win. DH leaves for FA but Jordan Hill comesback healthy. Plus with capspace avail go after some key FA's
2013 best case for Lakers: Howard's lose means nothing. Rondo is 100 percent for 2014 and you get a dynamic backcourt duo in kobe and rondo.
Worse case: Rondo comesback not 100 percent in 2014 or clashes with Kobe.