Ranking the Most Indispensable Los Angeles Lakers Nearing the Trade Deadline

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Ranking the Most Indispensable Los Angeles Lakers Nearing the Trade Deadline
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Spoiler alert...

The trade deadline is just on the horizon, and among the teams most likely to make a deal in the next several days are the Los Angeles Lakers.

They've had a shaky enough season thus far—by their standards, at least—for some personnel changes to warrant serious consideration. Not helping matters whatsoever are the lingering effects of the failed Chris Paul trade, from Lamar Odom's departure to the prevailing thought that the trigger is still waiting to be pulled somewhere in order to get them fully back on track.

So with the high probability of a trade in La-La Land, the question becomes who should stay put? Whom can this team ill-afford to lose at this juncture? In descending order, my modest list...

Your thoughts are, as always, welcome.

Not appearing on this list will be Luke Walton and Troy Murphy, as I consider them to be ideal trade bait...

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