Let’s be honest. The Lakers need a good slap in the face. We’re more than half way through the season and this team is playing with preseason intensity. Not one to sit and watch as his team folds, Mitch Kupchak is considering making moves.
Broderick Turner of the Times quotes GM Mitch in his disappointment with the way the team has performed this year.
“We have not been playing up to our level and I don’t know why. Maybe it’s complacency. I’m not sure.”
So, what kind of a move is Kupchak considering? He’s not telling.
“Yes . . . I may have to look into a trade, but I’m not saying we have talked to other teams yet.”
Looking at the roster, there are only a few players that have any real market value. Andrew Bynum being the most attractive for his potential yet the biggest risk due to his health. But moving Drew would be suicidal at this point. Getting rid of your best interior defender is pretty much like waving the white flag.
Now, Lamar Odom on the other hand could be a big chip to cash in. In the middle of his best season Odom’s value is higher than it’s ever been.
Fact of the matter is that it all depends on what GM Mitch is looking at getting in return. There really isn’t a big move to be made that will drastically change the composition of this team. It would seem to reason that this could be more of a scare tactic than an actual means of improvement.
With a lot of money committed to players over the age of 30, Kupchak will have a hard time finding suitors. Just add this into another drama filled chapter in this on-going saga known as The Quest to Three-Peat. Of course instead of shaking up the roster there is always another solution that Phil Jackson suggested yesterday.
“We’re going to commit mass suicide.”