The Los Angeles Lakers need help. Badly.
With four perennial All-Stars and a payroll that exceeds $100 million, everyone expected the Lakers to torch the competition—all of the competition.
Instead, Los Angeles finds itself under .500 and nowhere near the Western Conference's playoff bubble.
It's time to panic. Which means it's also time for a change.
Executive vice president Jim Buss and the rest of the Lakers' front office minions may be opposed to dismantling the roster again, and their patience is actually admirable.
But Los Angeles wouldn't have fired Mike Brown five games into the season if patience was an option. This team needs to win now; it needs to fix its ever-growing list of conflicts now.
And it's time they took to the trade market to do it. Clearly, the Lakers aren't going anywhere standing pat. Not anywhere special, that is.
Thus, if Los Angeles is serious about salvaging the rest of the season, it's going to have to get serious about blowing its convocation up one more time.
*All stats in this article are accurate as of January 12, 2013.