Rondo for Howard is obviously the best option, but it's also the most unrealistic option. They haven't spoken since Rondo was injured. No way they'd trade Howard for a broken point guard.
I can see that.
Perhaps the injury ups the price by a 1st.
Either way, LAL concedes this season and builds for the future, securing Rondo and dumping the Dwightmare, which didn't seem to work.
Rondo for Gasol instead? Might be easier to take in LA, and would rid a Kobe feud for a Kobe fav.
Gasol comes back to bolster the team in time for the playoffs, which LA won't be in. KG/Gasol/Pierce starting front line, with Bradley/Lee at guard, and a bench of JET, Green, and Wilcox. Pretty outstanding 1-8.
Works for us either way, perhaps? Gasol or Dwight?
The roster looks like we're an elite big away from being a true contender with Pierce and KG, with JET and Green filling big roles.
Rondo+Bass hopefully gets it done, but if the price includes a pick, I still think it's the way to go.