Lakers Rumors: Celtics wanted Julius Randle in Rajon Rondo trade

The Los Angeles Lakers missed out Rajon Rondo earlier this month when the Boston Celtics decided to deal their All-Star point guard to the Dallas Mavericks.

While the┬áLakers were in pursuit of Rondo, they fell short after the Mavs agreed to part with Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder and two draft picks for the Celtics’ highly coveted point guard.

The purple and gold’s best offer for Rondo was Steve Nash, a 2015 first-round pick from the Houston Rockets and two second-round picks, according to Marc J. Spears from Yahoo Sports.

However, the Celtics wanted more.

Spears also revealed that the Celtics wanted Lakers rookie Julius Randle in any potential Rondo deal, though Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss obviously declined.

Seeing as Rondo will be a free agent this summer and will turn 29 in February, the Lakers were smart to hold onto Randle, 20, who has a boatload of potential as a basketball player.

Although Randle is expected to be out for the season after breaking his leg on opening night, it is anticipated that the Kentucky product will make a fully recovery in time for the 2015-16 campaign.

Written by Ross Pickering

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