Well this settles it.

L.A. Times: It’s the busiest week of the regular season, the cellphone-minute-burning, deal-making period from the All-Star game to the trade deadline.

The Lakers have been making and taking calls, but they’re still not expected to be big players before the Thursday noon deadline.

The Lakers and Chicago Bulls are at a stalemate in talks for reserve guard Kirk Hinrich. The Bulls want to part with Hinrich’s contract (two more seasons after this for a total of $17 million), but they will take back only expiring contracts. The Lakers, definitely conscious of how far they are over the luxury tax, have an expiring contract of note in Adam Morrison ($5.3 million) but they want the Bulls to also take Sasha Vujacic, who has one more season at $5.5 million.

The Bulls have turned their attention to other teams, leaving only a small chance of a trade with the Lakers. Hinrich, 29, was averaging 10.2 points and 4.4 assists coming into Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Lakers are well aware of what Dallas has done and what Cleveland might be doing with its roster. The Cavaliers have been rumored to acquire one of several power forwards: Indiana’s Troy Murphy, Washington’s Antawn Jamison or Phoenix All-Star Amare Stoudemire.

“We pay attention to it,” Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. “If Stoudemire gets traded, that’s going to affect us.”

As in, Cleveland will be tough to catch for the league’s best regular-season record.

Dallas, however, didn’t do so well in its first game with newcomers Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood, acquired last week from Washington. The Mavericks lost to Oklahoma City, 99-86, with Butler scoring 13 points.

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  • Alfonso

    this team can also win a title with or without heinrich

    • WifelovesLuke

      AGREED! Now maybe all of the Wanna Be GM’s on TLN will shut up with all the rediculous trade talk!
      .Naw, they’ll just find something new to bitch about!

  • Xtro

    Oh, crap! Hope this doesn’t turn around to bite us. Cleveland stood pat last year and we all know what resulted in the playoffs.

  • Robert

    There’s more trade talk than what actually happens. Lakers have apparently shown interest in Nate Robinson, but that would only work for the playoffs and not help much in the finals (against Cavs).
    Stoudemire may help the Cavs when LeBrick isn’t there; otherwise he’s another big that clogs the lane for LeBrat. Imagine Shaq and Amare running into each other in the lane. Who is going to the basket? Are they waiting for LeDunk? (who also, is not as good at assists as Steve Nash).
    We don’t need another big to play against the Cavs – we just need to toughen up the ones we have. Otherwise, adding a PG will help only if we play teams with small PGs, like Houston. What WOULD help is a consistent 3 point shooter – that would spread the floor so the Cavs wouldn’t double team Kobe. Notice how the Cavs double teamed him, and he couldn’t pass the ball out to a decent 3 point shooter. Is “the Machine” coming around? If not, get another 3 point shooter.

  • http://vinginor@aol.com onlyone laker fan in L.A.

    Mitch dont sit back and do nothing your a great GM.
    The bench of luke aka AWOL again, Ammo the Lammo
    Sasha machine broke 2 years .
    Farmar is playing well and can be used fortrade bait.
    Whats with Josh Powell he dosent play much has some value maybe move him.
    Options are a good thing to have USE THEM TRADE THE BUMS.

  • xtro

    we are already good ,but it is perfectly fine to get better by trading. do it mitch!!!

  • PauLAsol

    LoL nobody wants our sh¡t, the only thing that worries me about cavs reaching finals is that the refs will be so against us, it will be another 07-08 finals

    • kslakers

      The Lakers didn’t lose in 07-08 because of the refs. They lost because Boston was a better team.

  • http://yahoo Ivan

    Hey you sholud trade sasha,Adam Morrison,and Luke Walton for Derin Harrris from nets. Do it Mitch! Or just get Hinrich whatver.

  • lakers0828

    im just going to sit back now and watch the lakers play and not worry about trades anymore cause obviously not happening anymore

  • ko8ebryant24

    omg really what happens with people and common sense, making some trades that don’t make sense, you think that if we don’t want them that someone else will take them? omg that goes for everyone that say something like let’s trade Luke, Sasha, Adam for Devin Harris, how does that benefit the Nets?

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  • Richard

    1 hour and 20 minutes left Mitch. Get a trade done and make this team better

    • 007

      uhhh. trade deadline is tomorrow

  • nba10

    the bulls made an offer of hinrich for fisher and ammo but the lakers chose to remain loyal even though fish could return in 30 days. I hope this decision doesnt come back to bite us…we all know what mo williams did on xmas and rondo not to long ago. At least get a guy like kapono come on mitch u really think our “bench” of odom brown and farmar can win it all????

    • daboss1848

      It would be silly for Mitch to think that a bench of LO, Brown, and Farmar could win it all!!!!!
      Oh, wait, they won it all last year . . . never mind.

      • LC09

        yea well da magics backcourt was crap last yr.. vs celtics or cavs it wil b ALOT harder i mean a alot but lets jus stay as is thats fu kin stupid..but fu k it o well lets go war

      • lkrz008

        That was last year idiot. We had ariza then too and fisher wasnt as bad as he is this year. GET OVER last year, its y the lakers are lazy becuz of that mentality. They havent proved they r the best THIS year.

  • Ruin818

    All of you guys are so quick to point out everything that is bad with this team… so what if the younger point guards can beat ours!!!! If im correct… we still have Kobe, Gasol, Odom and Artest will come around… Brown will be a good player sooner than later… that alone would beat most teams… but I will agree we have a lot of dead weight on our bench.. I have personally given up on Bynum.. he just looks lost out there and Im tired of waiting for him to come around… I would like to see a Bynum for Amare trade… Bynum rarely plays and at least Amare would fit in perfectly with this team…

    • WifelovesLuke

      Bynum for Amare? Did you hit your head while riding on the short bus? Some of the stuff you boys come up with is just laughable.

      • Luke makes me Puke

        OK here’s one – Bynumb for Bosh.

        Funny with all of these teams looking for that final piece to get them over the top, no one wants our no talent genius Luke. Your wife can have him…

  • xtro

    i don’t know. nothing wrong to make the team better by trading.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=525479878 Geloman

    The bulls probably saw Sasha play last night with 0 points in 17 minutes and backed out.

    • http://www.myspace.com/peopleofthesun Evil Empire

      Ha ha ha

  • Cbreezy

    You don’t need the best offensive players to win 4 games. All you need is physical defense to stop the other team. However, we do need to be able to hit open 3’s. Not worried about the CAVS. Remember, everyone was worried about The Magic last year because they beat us twice in regular season.

  • slimehead

    yeah mitch is right!! we dont need a major trade.. all we need is a minor trade.. but he should be working his ass of to get rid of sasha and ammo and get someone we really need like a point guard instead of wasting 10 million for guys who just sitting on the bench.. that 10 million of worthless shit man!!

    • thankgoodness tLNfans are not GM

      How bout we all chip in and payoff LuKes and Sasha contracts since no one else is going to!

  • LakeShowAllDay

    Cleveland got Antwan Jamison in 3 Team Trade Looks Like They Goin 2 Tha Finalz

    • lkrz008

      and these optimistic losers on here can take back their words because we are obviously not the better team anymore.

  • thankgoodness tLNfans are not GM

    Maybe if we keep saying do it mitch, do it mitch, maybe he will do it or maybe he even take time to look on TLN.com?

  • kevin 0

    well then DO IT MITCH! X 10,000,000

  • drive-for-16th

    get rid of sasha and his big ass contract, cavs got jamison.

    • Marwan Marzina

      What? Another player to pass the ball to LeBron and isolate?
      As long as we have Kobe, Pau, Ron, Lamar, Shannon… well the entire team healthy, then what can stop us? With all honesty… what can really stop us with a healthy team?
      You see the Cavs are a great regular season team but choke in the playoffs.
      The Lakers are also a great regular season team but they play better in the playoffs which is GREAT!
      Healthy Lakers is the first thing we need, not a trade.