The Los Angeles Lakers seem to finally be heading in the right direction. The worst thing to do is make any moves that could jeopardize any future success.
Speculation for various trades and signings has been going on throughout the year. This reached its peak when the team at 9-14 and both Steve Nash and Pau Gasol on the bench due to injuries.
However, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! finally ended all of this talk with one post on Twitter:
Lakers aren't interested in opening a roster spot to acquire Derek Fisher, Kenyon Martin or any other free agent, a source told Y! Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) December 26, 2012
For a team finally on the rise, this is the smartest decision the front office can make.
Los Angeles has completely turned its season around since losing to the New York Knicks on Dec. 13. The team is now relatively healthy and has won five games in a row to get back to .500.
Nash had 20 total assists in his first two games back in the lineup and the offense is finally functioning like it was expected to heading into the year.
While the team did not show patience with Mike Brown (he was fired after five games), it still remained smart in regard to the players. It did not make sense to judge this roster until you were able to see it in action.
With everyone playing together at the same time, this is a squad that can certainly compete for the NBA title.
However, this does not only include the five high-profile starters. The bench is deep and full of players that are ready to contribute on both sides of the ball.
These players will come up big in the long term, and they should not be replaced.
Someone like Derek Fisher can bring experience and certain intangibles to the team, but these are not things that the Lakers need to win. They have experience, what they need is people who can fill their roles. Darius Morris and Chris Duhon can do that perfectly fine.
Fisher played well in a small sample size this year, but last year only shot 32.1 percent from three in 63 games for the Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder. He can no longer help the team win a championship.
Now that Mike D'Antoni's squad is winning, the front office needs to leave things as it is. General manager Mitch Kupchak put together a great team in the offseason, he simply needs to let it perform.
Fortunately, it seems like the current squad will be given the opportunity to shine. Based on recent play, it will only lead to good things for the Lakers.