The Los Angeles Lakers have had one of the more interesting 2022-23 campaigns of any team in the NBA.
After starting the season off 2-10 and looking doomed to miss the playoffs again, L.A. has since gone 17-11 for a 19-21 mark through 40 games.
With five straight victories under their belt, the Lakers now find themselves merely one game behind the Golden State Warriors for sixth place in the Western Conference, and just two games back of the fifth place Sacramento Kings.
The NBA Trade Deadline is Feb. 9, so if Rob Pelinka and Co. want to make a big move, time is running out.
According to Jovan Buha of The Athletic, eight NBA players have been linked to the Lakers in various capacities in recent weeks.
“In addition to the other names that have been attached to the Lakers, some others to watch that are expected to be available are Jae Crowder, Eric Gordon, Alec Burks, Terry Rozier, P.J. Washington, Kelly Oubre Jr., Josh Richardson and Jakob Poeltl, according to those sources,” Buha reported.
Oubre, presumably, is out of the running since he recently suffered a hand injury that will sideline him for 4 to 6 weeks.
While none of those guys are massive superstars, all of them would address Los Angeles’ weaknesses in their own special ways.
Given that Anthony Davis’ status for the rest of the year is still very much a question mark, with some reports citing he could be out as long as eight months, it makes sense that the Lakers wouldn’t want to completely mortgage the future.
Each of the aforementioned seven non-injured players could bring something unique to the table at a presumably bargain price.
That being said, if the Lakers did want to swing for the fences, the relationship between Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks seem to be disintegrating.
Four squads area viewed as frontrunners for Young’s services should Atlanta deal him – and L.A. is one of them.
Russ sent Lakers fans a clear message with his hat. https://t.co/qt7lLxwOBx
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 6, 2023
The Lakers’ most recent winning streak has certainly added a certain level of intrigue to their NBA Trade Deadline plans.
Will it materially alter them, though? Time will tell.