The Los Angeles Lakers have been linked in trade rumors with nearly every player available or soon-to-be from Dwight Howard to Gilbert Arenas. While no moves have been made as of yet, a smell of change is certainly in the air.
At least star guard Kobe Bryant thinks so.
The Lakers are mired in a rut of mediocrity and after blowing a fourth quarter lead against the Philadelphia 76ers recently their record stands at 14-11, which right now is only good enough for the fifth seed in the West.
Center Andrew Bynum has already said that if the Lakers continue to play poorly that management will certainly look to change a few things. After the loss to Philadelphia, forward Pau Gasol also hinted that the thought of being dealt was still at the forefront of his mind.
Kobe Bryant also weighed in on possible changes coming to the Lakers during the Max and Marcellus show on 710 ESPN.
Bryant doesn't know what any of those changes might be, but he believes the Lakers will tweak something. But will it be a little tweak or something much bigger?
During the interview, Bryant was asked would he rather the Lakers try to sign Howard or New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams and Kobe jokingly said, "Why not both?"
It may not be impossible for the Lakers to acquire both Howard and Williams, but it's highly unlikely.
However, history suggests the Lakers will make some type of definitive move to maintain competitive relevance and Bryant said as much.
"I think Lakers fans know that the Lakers, throughout the course of history, one way or another they always seem to find themslves back on top."
Bryant's words certainly resonate when you consider the Lakers' ability to acquire Shaquille O'Neal, Gasol and Bryant, which has kept the franchise in championship discussions for much of the past decade.
Numerous people feel fans are crazy to think the Lakers can land both Howard and Williams, and I agree, but getting one of the players is not out of the question.
The out of nowhere deal for Gasol is evidence that the Lakers have the potential to complete a trade that no one will see coming and if they do, ironically Gasol will likely be in the middle once again.
Any major move the Lakers make will probably revolve around Gasol and while his age may be a negative factor, he is also more talented than any player another team could offer for a player like Williams.
The Lakers would also be forced to part with other players besides Gasol, but no other player outside of Bryant should be safe when it comes to the future of the franchise.
Maybe the speculation and anticipation will die down if the Lakers can manage to salvage the remainder of their current road trip, but if they return with a 1-5 record then you can expect some of the changes that the Lakers big three mentioned to begin.
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