The Los Angeles Lakers are 21-21 on the year and sit seventh in the Western Conference.
Just one game separates them and the No. 9 seeded Minnesota Timberwolves.
Needless to say, the team’s performance thus far hasn’t approached the championship aspirations all parties involved came into the season with.
Changes need to be made – and they may start with Dwight Howard.
According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, Howard is a name to watch in the coming weeks.
“The Lakers have little trade flexibility, but that hasn’t stopped Los Angeles from exploring various potential deals,” he wrote.
“Rob Pelinka’s front office has only Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn as non-minimum players with tangible trade value, and that combination won’t be nearly enough to land [Jerami] Grant or [Myles] Turner. But the Lakers have called rival teams to assess the trade value of DeAndre Jordan, Dwight Howard and Kent Bazemore, sources said.”
It makes sense that LA would kick the tires on a Howard trade. This group needs a drastic change; a move that will alter the trajectory of its season. Minor tweaks are not that. And the only way to make a substantive change to the roster is by acquiring more small assets that can then be included in a big deal.
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It’s an open secret at this point that the Lakers have spoken to two different teams about trading Russell Westbrook. Beyond that, they’re also working hard to dump two players from the roster. But outside of those moves, it’s all up in the air.
Will LA be able to make a big trade and turn this season around? Time will tell.