Rajon Rondo did not join the Lakers because of Julius Randle

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Rajon Rondo was made available for trade by the Boston Celtics earlier this month and it seemed for certain that the Los Angeles Lakers were going to be at the forefront of trade talks.

Well, Rondo eventually ended up at the Dallas Mavericks, but it has been revealed that the Lakers were actively interested in acquiring the All-Star point guard.

Things seemed to be going well in regards to getting Rondo down to LA, until talk of making one star for the future a part of any potential deal reared it's head.

Yep, according to reports from Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, the Lakers refused to give up rookie power forward Julius Randle to the Celtics and it pushed LA out of the race for Rondo.

"The Lakers and Celtics had mutual interest for a Rajon Rondo deal, but the Lakers weren’t willing to give up injured rookie Julius Randle, a source said."

Boston liked what Dallas was offering the best and netted themselves Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson and a future first- and second-round draft pick from Mark Cuban and the Mavericks.

One offer the Lakers discussed included the injured Steve Nash, Jordan Hill, and one or more draft picks in exchange for Rondo and Jeff Green, which seems so far from being acceptable that it's no surprise that Rondo ended up in Texas.

Lakers fans what do you think. Would you have given up Randle for Rondo? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below...

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