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Mitch Kupchak Believes Team Will Not Make Major Move Before Deadline

With all the trade chatter surrounding the Lakers these days many feel like a move is somewhat inevitable. Still, with less than a month until the trade deadline there is still a very high possibility that the Lakers may not make a move at all.

In a recent interview with Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, L.A. general manager Mitch Kupchak stated that it is likely the team will not make one of the big trades or free agent signings that many people are anticipating.

“Of course we’ll talk to a lot of teams [about trades], like everybody else does, leading up until the trade deadline to see if there is a way to improve the team,” Kupchak said. “But the likelihood is that this is the team that’s going to finish into the playoffs. That’s just the way it normally works, but we’ll see.”

This is a much different tune from the one Kupchak was singing earlier in the season when he stated the team was looking at several potential “big moves.”

There’s no question the Lakers could use some help in several key areas on the floor, but at 18-12 they are still playing well despite some struggles on the road. It could very well be a situation where the team will refuse to make a move simply because they won’t be improving the team enough to justify the deal.

If the team does stand pat at next month’s deadline they will go forward with their current squad, barring an unlikely free agent addition. While their current record is good enough to have them in the fifth slot in the Western Conference standings, many pundits are questioning whether the Lakers have enough to compete with teams like Oklahoma City, Miami and Chicago once the post-season rolls around.

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  • Odomtheplayer

    What else is new. I would love to have this guys job. watch the Lakers and do nothing else. He’s not even trying to improve the team. What will it hurt to sign Gilbert Arenas? if he sucks cut him at the end of the year, it’s that simple. Arenas is better by far than any point guard we have. Ours for the taking, but we have a general mgr who just sits and do nothing. I hope the next move the Lakers make is letting this guy go. Bring back Jerry West. There’s no way West would just sit and do nothing when he knows the Lakers need a point guard like this guy.

  • LakerLyle

    Yes, Gilbert Arenas, despite his age, is still fast enough, just like how Tony Parker does it for the SAS this season, putting up a W10. I believe Gilbert Arenas can do it for LAL as well, more or less. If anything, he’s faster than Derek Fisher and Steve Blake, maybe even Andrew Goudelock. He can shoot better, he can shoot more, he might even start for LAL. So, sign him, and let’s see what happens. If not, continue pursuing Aaron Brooks and JR Smith, even 1-year deals for these two can be pulled-off. And try to trade Darius Morris and Luke Walton for Jordan Farmar and Keith Bogans from the NJ Nets, it’ll work, at least Jordan Farmar is a better point guard now than Derek Fisher and Steve Blake combined, and Keith Bogans is a better oustide shooter and defender than Luke Walton, and can back-up Kobe Bryant.

    • Gamingmaster101

      it is confirmed that JR Smith is going to the Knicks

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5GZKJGDTGCSGQGGL4P5E4IGOJQ likeitis

    How do we gracefully release/buy out/trade Fisher?  Brown played Kapono to death tonight & kept Barnes on the bench the whole 2nd half…WTH?

  • Marty

    I have no clue who is really running the team. I understand that Baby Buss is the guy in charge but I am not sure he is the one making the player moves…. They tried to get CP3 & failed, that was at least telling us Baby Buss was interested in getting a Super Star for the future. Sadly the league would not allow the trade….

    There really are only a few players in the league that could come in & fill the star shoe’s of Kobe in the future. Westbrook, D12, D. Williams & maybe Love. The Lake Show most likly won’t get any of them meaning they will have the highest payroll with the worst performance in NBA history. That folks is just not the way to run a team…. If I were Buss, I would NOT be a happy guy at paying all these bucks & getting rotten results….. Time Warner will also not be happy about the way the Lakers are playing as are the folks that are paying huge amounts of money for the seats…. This team simply stinks…..

    Mitch either needs to get D12 type players traded to us or the team needs to dump payroll & work towards doing something in the upcoming draft. Drew, Pau, World, Blake & Kobe if he demands a trade all need to be traded for 1st round draft picks in the upcoming draft. The Lakers would have a ton of draft picks & a super low payroll to boot. With any luck & good thinking they will have a Thunder type team by 2014 or 2015 at the latest….

    Latly the team needs a coach that can think both ways… brown simply is confused & he can’t handle LA…. Somehow they need to figure out a way to get Scott from Cleveland…

  • D98lakefan

    what the hell was bymun on the bench for at the end of the game and kapono in they kept taking the ball at kapono who looked like the biggest joke on defense what the hell is brown thinking

  • Tobysantos8

    if its possible and the portland trailblazers are willing, the lakers should make a trade with them.
    the
    lakers deal bynum (not gasol), world peace or barnes and fisher plus
    the trade exception they got from dallas for camby, gerald wallace and
    felton. for the lakers it would be a downgrade for the center positon
    but an upgrade in the SF/PF and PG position. there are no losers in this
    trade because portland could have a great tandem of bynum/LA
    considering that bynum was tagged the 2nd most dominant big man in the
    league today and for the lakers it would be a major upgrade in the
    roster. wallace is a versatile defender who can guard the 2,3 and
    sometimes the 4 and he could perfectly fit to mike browns defense-minded
    system. well, this is just my suggestion that i think will never pull
    through but i wish it could. 

  • Tobysantos8

    if its possible and the portland trailblazers are willing, the lakers should make a trade with them.
    the
    lakers deal bynum (not gasol), world peace or barnes and fisher plus
    the trade exception they got from dallas for camby, gerald wallace and
    felton. for the lakers it would be a downgrade for the center positon
    but an upgrade in the SF/PF and PG position. there are no losers in this
    trade because portland could have a great tandem of bynum/LA
    considering that bynum was tagged the 2nd most dominant big man in the
    league today and for the lakers it would be a major upgrade in the
    roster. wallace is a versatile defender who can guard the 2,3 and
    sometimes the 4 and he could perfectly fit to mike browns defense-minded
    system. well, this is just my suggestion that i think will never pull
    through but i wish it could. 

  • Eric_rsega

    all blames should be put to Jim Buss and Mitch K.
    1 hiring Coach Mike Brown
    2 Trade L Odom for future draft pick
    3 waiting for Dwigth Howard

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MDPBXNG4IV2HZYCZXMIVNJ7JX4 Jimmy

    Dam we are in trouble this team not looking so good… Lakers not making moves on trades really… he needs to look at the games more at our players especially our bench.. im going to be going for the clippers in the play offs really!!!

  • purp&yellow

    sign gilbert arenas bitch i mean mitch

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