5 Biggest Issues Los Angeles Lakers Must Address at the Trade Deadline

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5 Biggest Issues Los Angeles Lakers Must Address at the Trade Deadline
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Should the Los Angeles Lakers trade Pau Gasol at the deadline?

The 2013-14 NBA season has been a forgettable one for the Los Angeles Lakers, but the trade deadline offers a chance to evaluate a few key concerns for the second-half stretch.

Through 42 games, the Lakers are 13th out West. They have a 16-26 record, sandwiching them between the rebuilding New Orleans Pelicans and the always-dysfunctional Sacramento Kings

If you look closely, there's talent to be found on this roster—a concept that is often overlooked by those league-wide. The problem is, injuries have massacred any chance this team once had, and even some who are healthy are struggling with Mike D'Antoni at the helm.

The interesting part about the Lakers is that, depending on how you view it, they could be buyers or sellers at the deadline. There are a number of narratives that justify each approach, and it all depends on what direction general manager Mitch Kupchak wants to take the organization.

One way or another, moves should be made. The question is whether those moves are aimed toward success now or into the future.

We'll find out which one it is soon enough, as the 2014 deadline is Feb. 20—less than one month away.

 

*All rankings and statistics are accurate as of Jan. 21.
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