Jan 22, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) makes a layup while being fouled by Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Latest news on Rajon Rondo for Dwight Howard trade

Jan 22, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) is helped to his feet in the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

With less than a week to go until the Feb. 21 trade deadline, the Boston Celtics are expected to be a popular team to be featured in all kind of trade rumors. Here is a crazy one.

Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported yesterday that the Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers had held preliminary talks regarding a trade involving Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard.

However, not long after that, an ESPN report said that the rumor was false, and Lakers’ GM Mitch Kupchak reiterated what he has already stated befrore – he has no intention of trading Dwight Howard. According to the ESPN report, Kupchak said:

“I haven’t talked to Danny Ainge in weeks,”

“I made the statement a week or two ago that we’re not going to trade Dwight Howard and that hasn’t changed.”

Quite honestly, the initial report seemed far-fetched. Not only had Kupchak previously said that he has no intention to trade Howard, but this kind of a deal made very little sense. Rajon Rondo is out for the season with a torn ACL, and so for the Lakers to abandon the little post-season hope that remains by trading Howard would be a curious move to say the least.

Stay tuned to KJG for all your latest NBA rumors, news and updates around the league.

Vytis is the editor of King James Gospel. Follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis

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