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.