Lakers Trade Rumors: LA Wise Not to Rock the Boat with Any Last-Minute Deals

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 20, 2013

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been one of the most discussed and talked about teams regarding the 2013 NBA trade deadline, but it seems that no deal is going to perpetuate to or from them this year.

And whilst it might not seem like the best thing for a team currently sitting at 25-29 to be doing, not rocking the boat with any last-minute deals this year is the right move for Mitch Kupchak and his staff.

Having endured the dramas that took place between Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and the team chemistry of the Lakers throughout the past few weeks, L.A., it seems will be back on their feet soon. The All-Star break will have done wonders to give them some time not to think about the franchise and focus back on the basketball side of things that had seemingly been neglected previously.

To change that once more by throwing a last-minute trade into the works—whoever it might be for—isn't going to spell good things for the Lakers franchise.

It's simply going to resurrect the problems they final seemed to bury.

General manager Kupchak was recently quoted by the Los Angeles Times regarding the possibility of seeing a last-mintue trade by the franchise.

It's unlikely that there will be an upgrade in the talent of this team. I just don't see how that's realistic. We'll continue to be on the phones and make calls, take calls and listen, but don't anticipate anything dramatic taking place in the next two days.

And when followed up by the genius who asked whether or not that meant the Lakers were keeping Dwight Howard, "that would be correct," replied Kupchak.

Which, as mentioned, is a good decision for the Lakers to have made.

Regardless of all their supposed team chemistry problems and their less-than-impressive record given the individual talent littered throughout their roster, the reality is that Los Angeles really aren't in that bad of a place in 2013—given all that's taken place already.

Their record is only just below .500, and the Lakers are still in the hunt for a playoff berth. Given all the attention and criticism they've drawn, it's important to remember both of those facts. In short, 2013 is a long way from over for the Lakers and their playoff aspirations.

They've still got Kobe Bryant—arguably the best player in the game—and kept Dwight Howard—the best center in the game and future face of the franchise.

L.A. has won eight of their last 12 and appear to be on the road to recovery, with more than enough talent on hand to surprise any team in the 2013 playoffs.

Should they get there, that is.

By not making any sudden moves to upset the balance of a team that seemingly just got back on all fours, Kupchak has made the perfect decision for his team.

He hasn't rocked the boat, and he hasn't panicked under pressure.

Now his players need to do the same over the remainder of the season and win that playoff berth that they have no doubt fixated their full attention on.

For sometimes not making any move is the best move of them all.


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