With this year's trade deadline four weeks away, certain teams' GMs must get on the phones now if they want to make a push over the final stretch of the regular season. Some teams may not seem like they need to get a trade done, but being too passive on deadline day can sometimes be the biggest mistake a team can make.
This year, there are a small number of teams that simply have to make deals to either save their seasons or increase their odds of doing well in the playoffs. They need certain players, ones that may not come cheap. In this case, as much as it may hurt to do so, GMs will have no choice but to break the bank and pull the trigger on a deal that fills that very need.
One team that definitely needs to make a trade is the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite having a championship roster on paper, the team has not lived up to expectations, and it may be time to cut the dead weight in hopes of making a strong final push or just taking a Mulligan this year and hoping for a different outcome in 2014.
Regardless of what deals are pursued, certain teams are in a position right now where they have no choice but to make a deal. Otherwise, they will be destined to be average and not taste greatness at all.
All statistics in this article are accurate as of January 22, 2013