“Make a trade! Do it Mitch!”
How many times have Laker fans screamed that this season? With all the struggles the team has had, it’s not surprising.
However, Mitch Kupchak told Mark Medina yesterday that the team wasn’t going to be making a trade anytime soon:
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak sounded skeptical about making a deal before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.
“We don’t have many options,” Kupchak said Wednesday at the Lakers All-Access event at Staples Center, hosted by the LA Sports & Entertainment Commission. “It’s not like we’re going to be active or overly active in the trade market.”
Jim Buss recently said that the feeling inside the Lakers’ camp was that they needed to wait for everyone to get healthy: he has a good point, seeing as the star-studded starting line-up has still only played 117 minutes together all season long.
Although, a lot of people feel that Pau Gasol doesn’t fit this current system, and the Lakers would be wise to trade him for more depth. It takes two to tango, though.
With Kupchak saying that the team doesn’t have many options, it could mean that the interest in Gasol has died down recently, as his level of play has plummeted this season. Outside of Pau, Los Angeles doesn’t have many – if any – players that would be attractive to other teams.
So, the weeks leading up to this February’s trade deadline could be a quiet times on the rumors front. Then again, the last time Kupchak said nothing was going to happen, he landed Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.