The Los Angeles Lakers are 25-29 after the All-Star Break and have a lot of questions to answer going into the February 21st trade deadline.
With Pau Gasol out for the time being, Dwight Howard constantly ailing and things seemingly going bad for the Lakers every time they have the tiniest bit of a breakthrough, something else comes along to knock them down another peg.
There's no reward for missing the playoffs this year. They have no draft pick to fall back on and no real salary cap flexibility to rely on to fix the team this summer, so they're going to have to try to do what they can this season, or be labeled as a complete failure.
The Lakers have a few needs to address, and they actually have a bit to work with in terms of money to spend.
Along with the $1.2 million injured player exception that they received for Jordan Hill, they've got $1.4 million, $1.2 million and $544 thousand trade exceptions, meaning they can wriggle around a bit if another team is looking to shed some salary.