The Los Angeles Lakers have taken the first steps to acquiring one of their top trade targets it has been revealed today.
But the famous franchise will have to beat off a number of rivals if they hope to be able to unveil a new star in the gold and purple in the coming weeks or months.
That's because, as reported by USA Today, no less than five teams are chasing the same man; Boston Celtics' point guard Rajon Rondo.
Sources have revealed that the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and Dallas Mavericks have all joined the Los Angeles Lakers in holding discussions with the Celtics.
As yet though no clear front runner has emerged but with Rondo's future in Boston having long been up for debate it looks like the Celtics, and GM Danny Ainge, are now prepared to move on the perennial All-Star.
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Prior to the renewed possibility of a trade, it was widely expected that Rondo would move on from Boston at the end of the season regardless via free agency. And the Lakers were one of the teams plotting to make a move for his signature.
It looks like those plans will have to be accelerated however if Byron Scott and co hope to snag their man.
There is no question that, over the past decade, Rajon Rondo has been one of the best point guards in the NBA. In recent seasons though the now 28-year-old has been hampered by injury - even seeing rookie Marcus Smart take away some of his minutes this season as a result.
Even with the injury concerns though Rondo can still mix it with the best of them, his insane passing talents enough to improve any team in the league.
But what would it take to get him?
Well it appears that the Dallas Mavericks are prepared to Boston a 2015 first round draft pick with "limited lottery protection." The Lakers meanwhile, with a host of expiring contracts on their boost including injured veteran Steve Nash and the recently dropped Jeremy Lin, could certainly put together an appealing package.
Not to mention the fact that one of Rondo's good friends in the league, Kobe Bryant, still holds immense pulling power down at the Staples Center.
What do you think NBA fans? Where will Rondo end up? And Lakers fans, is he the man to help improve the franchise? Let us know in the comments section below...