This should settle those trade talks people keep bringing up.

L.A. Times: The trade deadline is two weeks from today, meaning 14 more days of rumors and whispers, but the Lakers are not expected to be big players in the market.

They have the NBA’s second-best record, the league’s highest payroll and do not plan on moving any of their starters or sixth man Lamar Odom.

“There is no compelling reason to dramatically change this team, in particular its core,” Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said. “We won a championship last year and we feel like we can be as strong this year with the one change we made — the Ron Artest change.

“If this is the team we go into the playoffs with, we’ll be happy with our roster, provided we stay healthy. The caveat, as always, is we’ll look at roster flexibility and areas where we can tweak the roster.”

In other words, Toronto forward Chris Bosh will not be wearing a Lakers uniform this month despite persistent rumors.

If the Lakers make a move by Feb. 18, it probably will be to shore up their depth at ball-handling guard, with an eye toward the future.

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  • http://lakersnation showtime4eva

    ohh that guy Raymond Felton with the bobcats he’s a good pg he can score,play d,pass.. he’s pretty young too..he’s paid about 5.5 mill..but really his numbers are impressive.he’s like a poe mans chris paul!

  • Anthony

    Please, for the love of god, get a point guard! That’s one thing that I believe would just set us completely apart. Right now our lack of a quick, defensive point guard is definitely our achilles heel.

  • reyeskeith

    pls trade jordan farmar and vujacic for harris. harris is perfect fit in triangle offense… let fisher be a bench for a bit. and let harris play the starter…
    pg. deven harris
    sg. kobe brayant
    sf. ron artest
    pf. pau gasol
    c. andrew bynum

  • onlyone laker fan in L.A.

    Mitch Have you been watching Kobe is beat up.
    His body can no take more . The guy had 5 points in his last game. We need a another scorer. Harris would be great .Trade Sasha Ammo Luke or Farmar.
    But saying no trade is going to happen is stupid.

  • Chris Ekstedt

    i still like the idea of having hinrich in a lakers uniform and giving the bulls sasha and morrison.

    that could be great all around. we need a future PG and i think with farmar, brown and hinrich it’s just STACKED.

    next up i would say lets pay attention to the shooting gaurd or forward position.

  • xtro

    say it ain’t so, mitch!

  • gugy

    Lakers needs a PG. Even though Farmar has been playing well lately, he is notorious for his inconsistency.


    Are the scrubs and hopefully sometime in the near future we can unload this cr@p and move into a better place.

  • onlyone laker fan in L.A.

    No takers on D league players. I think thats the problem.
    Mitch you better shore up the dam.
    Kobe looks beat up and the bench has not proven they can be relied on.
    Mitch you better figure this one out fast,

  • proemb

    BS, this is just negotiation posturing. Everybody knows that the Lakers would trade Farmar, Vujacic, Morrison in a second for an upgrade like Hinrich.

    The Laker bench is a mess thanks to the inconsistent play of Odumb. Mitch knows that this team needs help in order to repeat. Something will go down by Feb. 18…

  • docholidae

    It would be stupid to say Hey we are looking to make a trade. The Lakers play this thing like poker, Gasol,even Artest. Last summer all i heard was will Ariza get signed, hold up over money and then BAM=Artest! Don’t worry, Mitch is working on soething, it just won’t be big but something to help the team! Trust the GM that brought you Pau, Artest and Shannon Brown! Hell Odom ad Caron Butler which brought Kwame and then that’s right Gasol!

  • jake90000

    well this article was helpful; duh of course we know the lakers wont make MAJOR trades before the deadline. We just need a minor acquisition like a PG. Trade the damn bench warmers already. Fish is done, ron is broken (he cant jump or make layups), kobe is beat up, and phil only uses 3 guys off the bench (for good reason). This team as is will NOT repeat, especially is cleveland makes a move for say an antawn jamison. Plus theres a line of teams waiting in the west with rondo type players that im sure fish cant wait defend. Wut happens if kobe rest, we lose some games, and fish gets injured, then wut mitch??