After a convincing blowout victory over the Phoenix Suns, the Los Angeles Lakers are now the proud owners of a three-game winning streak. The Lakers, despite the absence of Lonzo Ball, have found their stride on both ends of the court with Brandon Ingram now handling point guard duties.
However, the buzz around the NBA revolves around the league’s upcoming trade deadline. Most reports indicate that there are more sellers than buyers this year due to the bunched up nature of the teams in both conferences and a major move is not expected to be made.
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, it appears the Lakers are in no rush to make any moves to its roster:
“I think the sense that I was getting and talking to both the Lakers and the teams around the league who were talking with the Lakers is they don’t seem to have this incredible sense of urgency to make any trades right now.”
— ESPNLosAngeles (@ESPNLosAngeles) February 7, 2018
Los Angeles has been linked to several players around the deadline, with the most recent name being the Phoenix Suns’ Marquese Chriss. However, this new report may be for the best as the purple and gold can make any cap-clearing moves around the 2018 NBA Draft instead.
With superstars like Paul George and LeBron James in the 2018 free agent pool, it will be tempting for the Lakers to make the necessary moves to clear space to sign one or both of them. For the time being, it may be safe to assume that the current roster is who finishes out the 2017-2018 NBA season.