Lakers Rumors: Trade Hopes for Daniel Gibson and Pau Gasol Aren't Realistic

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJanuary 22, 2013

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The Los Angeles Lakers season is teetering on the edge of complete oblivion, and they are not going to be able to make any significant roster changes to save it. 

The Lakers sit at 17-24. That leaves them in 12th place in the Western Conference and four games out of the all-important eighth spot. 

As a result, the Lakers are looking for ways to improve their team. 

FOX Sports' Sam Amico shares one of those ways

Lakers are said to have a strong interest in Cavs' Daniel Gibson, a natural in D'Antoni's system, but have nothing to offer.

— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) January 21, 2013

Gibson would not be overly costly. He's only playing 22.7 minutes per game this season, and the Cavs are even further out of the playoff race than the Lakers. They have little use for the 26-year-old guard. 

What the Lakers could use him for is his defense. It is not elite by league standards, but it is when compared to what the Lakers are currently getting from their guards, and his presence would ease the demands on Kobe Bryant. However, as Amico stated, the Lakers have nothing to offer. 

There is one piece they'd likely be willing to move, that another team would actually want, but the Lakers' demands on the return for that player making dealing him unlikely as well. Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski explains:

Trade market for Pau Gasol complicated because Lakers have made clear that they don't want back long-term money in deal, league sources say.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 22, 2013

The Lakers aren't in the best position to be making demands. Gasol is 32, playing terribly and has a huge contract. In other words, teams are not going to jump up and mortgage their future by sending off contracts that would free up cap space to land Gasol. 

So, the Lakers are stuck looking for role pieces that they are not in a position to acquire, and they are stuck with an aging star who has just been benched (h/t The Orange County Register’s Kevin Ding).

The Lakers are going to have to play out this season with the group they have. While that group inspired so much hope prior to the beginning of the year, it now inspires nothing more than visions of one of the most miserable seasons in the history of this proud franchise.