Although things have not gone according to plan for the Los Angeles Lakers this season, they seemed to have turned a corner. However, that is no reason to not be actively looking to improve.
After hitting a low point of eight games under .500 at 17-25, the Lakers won eight of their last 11. They are still outside of the postseason if it started today, but they are in much better shape at this point than they were a few weeks ago.
However, things are still not perfect. Pau Gasol will be out for six to eight weeks due to a tear in his plantar fascia. In addition, the teams in front of them continue to win games.
Reaching the playoffs is certain to be an uphill battle for the Lakers.
Still, head coach Mike D'Antoni does not think that a move needs to be made. According to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, the coach thinks that adding someone would be worthless:
It would add somebody who doesn't know what they're doing and it could take awhile. You're playing games you have to win and we might not even play them. That's a hard thing.
We need to play guys who know the system. We could bring somebody in to bring them on the bench for a while. But that doesn't make any sense for us either.
With Gasol out for an extended period of time, the team needs someone who can make up for his rebounding ability.
They also need someone who could help spread the floor with three-point shooting besides Steve Nash.
Despite what D'Antoni believes, those types of players are available.
There are free-agent big men like Kenyon Martin and Louis Amundson that each know how to rebound well. On the trading block are shooters like J.J. Redick of the Orlando Magic.
While the coach knows that it takes a while for players to learn his system—it obviously took the current squad a while to get acclimated—it is also important to get talent on the floor.
Talented players can always learn what it takes to get themselves playing time and be able to contribute to the team.
Obviously, anything can happen in the NBA once the playoffs begin. However, not reaching the postseason would be an embarrassment of epic proportions for the Lakers. They must do everything possible to reach this point.
At this stage of the season, that means looking outside for players who can help the team win.