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Friday, February 18th, 2011 at 10:00 am  |  13 responses

Mitch Kupchak: Lakers ‘Unlikely’ to Make Trades

Despite the team’s ongoing struggles, and the mild panic among fans and media, the Lakers’ GM says not to expect a shakeup. The LA Times reports: “Turning around to face Jerry West, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak couldn’t resist joking that he needed some advice on how to handle the team’s loss Wednesday to the league’s worst team in the Cleveland Cavaliers. But following West’s statue unveiling outside Staples Center, it’s clear Kupchak is taking an even-handed approach to the team’s personnel after the Lakers (38-19) sputtered into the All-Star break losing their last three games after winning the first four games of a seven-game trip. The first question, of course, involves whether the Lakers would make a trade before the Feb. 24 deadline. ‘I think it’s unlikely,’ Kupchak said. ‘But there’s eight days to go. All of the general managers are here in Los Angeles [for All-Star] weekend and there will be a lot of yapping. There will be a lot of guys moving off to the side and there will be a lot of phone calls. You make phone calls and you take phone calls. That’s what we do. I stand by what I said that it’s unlikely, but I don’t think any general manager can stand here and say there will be absolutely no changes in eight days, in particular at this time of year.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/other-ballers/international/2010/03/flight-75-dc-to-moscow/ Mitya

    Because nobody needs Artest on their team

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/other-ballers/international/2010/03/flight-75-dc-to-moscow/ Mitya

    First!

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    the lakers sure needed him in game 7.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @Mitya: Nobody is beating the Lakers door down for Bynum’s contract and knees either.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Trade Artest or Shannon Brown/1st round pick for OJ Mayo.

  • Omnixyience

    @Seed, hell no!
    I’d prefer Artest for Prince.

  • Drew

    I’d love to see Artest for Prince, Shannon Brown and draft pick for OJ Mayo, and Bynum for Melo should’ve already happened. You can’t tell me those 3 trades don’t sound enticing for the Lakers.

  • Inferno

    Interesting artest for prince or oj for shannon or artest for g-force or j smoove unrealistic but interesting lol

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    Trade Bynum for Darko (a good passer perfect for the triangle) and Brewer (wing defender while Barnes is out). Then send Artest to the D-League or to his Psychologist.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Drew, have you heard what Denver wants for Melo? No way in hell they take just Bynum for him.

  • Lawrence

    the L.A. management should do a trade that will bring energy to the team…they look uninterested and unmotivated to win another championship…players like ariza,MELO,raja bell,or posey? probably will bring good things to the laker’s player rotation…

  • price

    blake and barnes for sasha and farmar
    waive joe smith and ratliff sign dj mbenga

    I heard this lineup with the rest of the lakers were successful the past 2 years. Do it Mitch.

  • jumpman

    so he basically said that there won’t be any trades, but there might be trades, lmao

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