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Lakers Rumors: 'Serious Consideration' Being Given to Not Making 'Major' Trade

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIDecember 29, 2022

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 21: Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka talks with head coach Darvin Ham before the game to Kings at Golden 1 Center on December 21, 2022 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The 14-21 Los Angeles Lakers are languishing near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, and their season is on the brink with star big man Anthony Davis out indefinitely because of a stress injury in his right foot.

However, the Lakers may not make a major deal by the Feb. 9 trade deadline in hopes of salvaging their season, per Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times.

"Internally, sources said, there's been serious consideration given to riding out the season without making a major deal if they can't find one that would make the team a realistic contender," Woike wrote.

The Lakers started 2-10 but rebounded to go 8-2 over their next 10 games. However, they have struggled since and notably lost five of their last six games.

Trade rumors and speculation involving the Lakers have followed the team all season.

Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report noted that L.A. was interested in DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vučević of the Chicago Bulls.

However, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times noted that the Bulls aren't interested in working with the Lakers or acquiring guard Russell Westbrook even if a deal would involve the team's 2027 and 2029 first-round draft picks.

Westbrook has been heavily involved in trade rumors, which ramped up last offseason. However, Jovan Buha of The Athletic (h/t Noah Camras of All Lakers) reported that a deal involving Westbrook likely isn't happening.

"From my understanding, I think a Russ trade is probably off the table at this point," Buha said. "In most scenarios, they would have to attach two picks."

L.A. is 3-7 without Davis this season, and there doesn't appear to be a way to playoff contention without getting him back or making some sort of move.

As amazing as LeBron James has been in his 20th season (27.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists per game), the Lakers have struggled on both ends of the floor (18th in offensive rating, 23rd in defensive rating), per Basketball Reference.

For now, they'll hope to break their slump as soon as possible. Up next is a road date with the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.