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Is Rajon Rondo the Point Guard the Lakers Are Looking For? Reviewed by Momizat on . [caption id="attachment_32067" align="aligncenter" width="575" caption="This is Rondo's Happy Face."][/caption] Amongst all the trade rumors swirling around [caption id="attachment_32067" align="aligncenter" width="575" caption="This is Rondo's Happy Face."][/caption] Amongst all the trade rumors swirling around Rating:
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Is Rajon Rondo the Point Guard the Lakers Are Looking For?

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This is Rondo's Happy Face.

Amongst all the trade rumors swirling around the Lakers, the one that Eric Pincus threw out a couple of weeks ago – Rajon Rondo for Pau Gasol – is the still the most intriguing to me. At the time, most “experts” were saying that the rumors were false and the story had no legs. But now, reports from ESPN say that the Celtics are “aggressively pursuing” trades for their “high-maintenance” point guard.

Clashes with coach Doc Rivers have also led to the Celtics souring on their All-Star point guard who is only a few years removed from leading the Celtics to tremendous playoff success. Rivers’ played so many mind games with the media, like his famous “starting five” never losing to anyone, so imagine the kind of mind games he played with his own players to try and motivate them.

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Even as Lakers fans, we can all admit that we saw how smart Rondo was in the 2008 and 2010 NBA Finals, so much so that it’s most likely Rondo probably saw right through Rivers’ mind tricks and never respected River’s enough to hold back his thoughts and listen.

Now, we all know that the Lakers have been searching for a point guard for the past few years. Not just any point guard as there are all different kinds:

  • Scoring Point Guards: Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook
  • Pass-First Point Guards: Jason Kidd, Jeremy Lin
  • Defensive Point Guards: Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich
  • Play-Making Point Guards: Chris Paul, Deron Williams

Notice where Rondo is – a combination of a passer and a defender. This sounds like the point guard the Lakers are going to need if they’re going to make a run in the playoffs.

The Lakers don’t need a scoring point guard yet because they have Kobe Bryant who is averaging 23.7 field goals attempts a game and even with two bigs down low, shows no sign of letting up.

The Lakers need a play-making guard, and it doesn’t look like they’re going to get one since CP3 is barred from coming to the Lakers, Deron Williams is a Dwight Howard signature away from staying in New Jersey and Chicago would literally start a riot that made the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 look like a campfire if Rose ever left for the Lakers.

All Rondo would have to do is play solid defense to stop the top point guards in the league like Westbrook, Rose and Paul and then set up the bigs and wings for easy scoring opportunities like he did in Boston.

In the last three years, Rondo has averaged 9.8, 11.6 and 9.6 assists per year with the Celtics. Imagine what kind of numbers he could put up with a skilled big men with soft hands and solid offensive game.

Now, the last and most important factor about Rajon Rondo that makes me want him rocking the purple and gold – the kid is a winner. Laker fans saw the way he led the Celtics back to the 2010 Finals with his grit and determination. The guy reminds me of a mini-Kobe Bryant with the way he gets angry at anyone who doesn’t want to win as much as he does. Remember the way he fought in Game 7 of the 2010 Finals with those clutch 3′s from the corner?

With his basketball smarts, defense and play-making abilities plus that will to win that you just don’t find in every player, Rajon Rondo definitely has to be someone the Lakers need to get.

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  • RumorCentral

    I know this will never happen, but id like to see what Lakers Nation Thinks of it. 

    Gasol,MWP, Goudelock, and a 1st round draft pick to the Celtics for Pierce and Rondo

  • James,L.

    I don’t think the Celtics would like to trade with us and give us what we need.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XAHJMMQGDSVE5FDR7SCGOPRPL4 linda s

    I hope they don’t trade Pau for Rondo.  Rondo is good, but not that great to get rid of a guy that knows how to play with Bryant and Bynum.  Pau is a skilled big man…call him soft all you want… and the Lakers would be making a mistake just like they did with Lamar Odom.  Kobe needs the tall trees that they have; you see how teams struggle against them that don’t have height.  That is like going through the forest and cutting down the trees that filters the sun so you won’t burn up.  I hope the management uses wisdom this time; they have made two horrible mistakes in the past – Caron Butler for Kwame and Lamar, don’t mention Trevor Ariza.  Get rid of some of the every-now-and-then 3 point shooters.

    • madafaka

       me gusta!!

  • mhuelk

    How about Gasol for Elton Brand & Jrue Holiday?
    The Sixers still have L. Williams at Point.
    I like Holiday alot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Ney/100002601157110 Matt Ney

    Deron Williams is not the perfect PG for the Lakers. His style does not mesh with Kobes or the big men. Rondo would fit perfect. he is a passer first, defender second. That is the type of PG that would fit perfect with the Lakers. I say offer a first and Matt Barnes, or MWP for Rondo. Or shoot, give up two firsts.

    • Cnycewitit003

      Are you serious? D Will can go to the hole and score, distribute the rock, step back and hit the 3 (really shoot from anywhere), and hold it down while Kobe sits and rests. That’s exactly what the Lakers need right now. D Will is also one of the strongest PG’s in the league which helps a lot on defense. I pray the Lakers can still land this guy but only time will tell..

    • Cnycewitit003

      Are you serious? D Will can go to the hole and score, distribute the rock, step back and hit the 3 (really shoot from anywhere), and hold it down while Kobe sits and rests. That’s exactly what the Lakers need right now. D Will is also one of the strongest PG’s in the league which helps a lot on defense. I pray the Lakers can still land this guy but only time will tell..

  • mel

    Rondo & Garnet for Pau

  • madafaka

    Rondo is a decent scorer, he doesnt have the 18 footer just yet. but that’s ok, Kobe is there for that. Rondo can penetrate the basket all day everyday and twice on sundays, a solid defender and great assist %. I’m still rooting for Bynum KEEP BYNUM!! If that doesn’t work Keep the team that we have now, forget about this season. Get D Will next year in free agency, Let’s be honest Laker fans were not doing that bad for having a NEW coach, NEW system, NEW players with NEW roles. No Odom,No Brown. that was our bench right there. Also A very short season with hardly any practice time. Think about were ok. Also yes I agree Pau has been consistent but he’s putting up double doubles as well as Bynum. So don’t really go off on Pau just yet he’s doing a ok.

  • Kristine Keenan

    Under no circumstances should the Lakers trade Pau.  Even for Dwight Howard.

  • Ryryr

    Trade 2 1st round draft pick for Boston guard.

  • Ericphoenixg

    Pau for Scola and Lowry… Bynum and Artest for Dwight and first round draft pick and maybe a bench player for Beasley :D
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.gayden Aaron Gayden

    Don’t give up one of OUR Big Three to get Rondo! We DO need a PG but not at that price! He’s poison to the Celts right now and PAU is still a huge key to our success. There has got to be another way to get the PG sitch handled…

  • LakerLyle

    Who knows, we might not need a trade after all. As the season goes on and on, these Lakers squad gets to know each other more on and off the court, so, trades might not ring a bell in the long run, because I think this is still a team who can pull off a championship at the end of this season. Then again, Pau Gasol is just too much for Rajon Rondo. I don’t wanna trade Pau Gasol, one of the most productive players in this team, just for Rajon Rondo. Notice that this Lakers team, as strong a team it is, still lacks a well-rounded point guard, an athletic-defender type of small forward, and a back-up young point guard (although Goudelock is there).

  • LakerLyle

    There are a lot of Lakers material point guards in the league right now that we can get in exchange of our bench and future 1st round picks. Kirk Hinrich can be traded for 1st round picks of the Lakers, or even Ramon Sessions, maybe even DJ Augustin, since they have Kemba Walker already. There’s a lot, just keep looking. How about Aaron Brooks? Try to get JR Smith as well, from the Knicks. We need that kind of guy off the bench. Sign Arenas, wouldn’t hurt that bad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Madai-Contreras/1035297806 Madai Contreras

     This is my best possible scenerio:Los Angeles Lakers get: Dwight Howard (from Orlando), Deron Williams (from New Jersey) and Amir Johnson (from Toronto).
    New Jersey Nets get: Pau Gasol (from Los Angeles) and Jose Calderon (from Toronto).
    Orlando Magic get:
    Andrew Bynum and a first-round pick (from Los Angeles), 2 first-round
    picks (from New Jersey) and a first round pick (from Toronto).
     

    • Nixnonnow33

      Hahah nice one and Toronto gets nothing? Real smart move dummy

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