Save for a Dwight Howard deal or something few expect, this would have qualified as the trade headline of the season. [The Lakers and Boston Celtics] talked last week about a trade for Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, though nothing was close to accomplished and discussions dried up. The Lakers are unwilling to trade Pau Gasol for Rondo, making a deal with Boston unlikely before the trade deadline Thursday. "Unless they give up Gasol, they're not going to get a top-level point guard," said a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to discuss it publicly. ... A more likely acquisition would be Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley.Read more: