The Los Angeles Lakers need to act quickly before this season spins helplessly out of control.
When "basketball reasons" derailed the Lakers' trade for point guard Chris Paul, it set off a chain of events that has set an ominous tone for the season.
The failed trade took the wind out of the Lakers' sails. That nixed deal led to the Lakers dealing Lamar Odom for a draft pick and a trade exception to a Dallas Mavericks team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year.
That was a big blow to team chemistry, and players like Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher voiced their frustration over letting Odom go for next to nothing.
The Lakers cannot sign any free agents that do not agree to play for the league minimum. This obviously limits their options. However, there are still moves they can make to reenergize this team.