Lakers GM denies rumors of Dwight Howard to Celtics trade
This is only backed by the latest potential trade to hit the rumor mill, which involves injured Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (who is out for the season with a torn ACL) and the Los Angeles Lakers disgruntled center Dwight Howard as the principals. Since Dwight Howard’s salary at $19.5 million is considerably more than Rajon Rondo’s $11 million, hence its inevitable that more pieces will be involved to balance out the trade.
However, Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak refuted the rumors that the franchise had been involved in preliminary talks with the Boston Celtics regarding giving up Dwight Howard for Rajon Rondo.
"I haven't talked to Danny Ainge in weeks," Mitch Kupchak told ESPN’s Chris Broussard. "I made the statement a week or two ago that we're not going to trade Dwight Howard and that hasn't changed."
When Mitch Kupchak was questioned whether the Howard-for-Rondo trade had been a hot subject in communication with the Boston Celtics weeks ago, he denied those rumors as well. In fact, Mitch Kupchak indicated that shipping Dwight Howard to Boston Celtics for Rajon Rondo hadn’t come up during discussions at any point this season.
In Dwight Howard’s case, the trade rumors usually catch-on like wildfire due to his uncertain future with the Los Angeles Lakers. Dwight Howard is in the final year of his contract and could walk out a free agent unless a deal is worked into place. But Dwight Howard had been foretold by Mitch Kupchak that he won’t face questions regarding his future from the Los Angeles Lakers themselves.
“Well, they told me they weren’t going to trade me,” said Dwight Howard. “So, yeah, I would be surprised.”
Throughout the season, Dwight Howard has avoided questions regarding his future with the Los Angeles Lakers and has repeated he won’t be pressured into making a decision by the end of the season.
“The only thing that matters is the present, and right now. There’s no need to talk about what’s going to happen at the end of the season. No reason to go back and forth about it,” added Dwight Howard. “I just feel like at the end of the year, I should have my opportunity to make my own decision. I shouldn’t be criticized for waiting for the end of the year.”