"I just spoke w/Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak about supposed D12-for-Rondo trade talks w/Celtics. He denied it strongly," Broussard tweeted.
Kupchak's refutation came after Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported Friday that the Lakers and Celtics had had 'preliminary' discussions about a trade involving Howard and injured Boston point guard Rajon Rondo as the principals. Rondo is out for the year with a torn ACL. Because Howard's salary ($19.5 million) is significantly more than Rondo's ($11 million), more players would have to be involved for a deal to work.
Howard, who is in the final year of his contract and will be a free agent after the season, told reporters on Friday that he'd been assured by Kupchak that the team is not shopping him on the trade market.