Can Los Angeles Lakers win a title without trade upgrade?

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The Los Angeles Lakers were quiet at the trade deadline, can they still win a championship despite not making a move?

The trade deadline slowly and methodically approached for the Los Angeles Lakers. Finally, during the last few hours, before the NBA shut down all team-to-team transactions for the season, a closing flurry of activity took place across the association.

Rob Pelinka and the rest of the Purple and Gold brain trust sat idly by as their window to make a trade closed. At the same time, many of the Lakers’ fiercest rivals made deals to improve their rosters.

Lakers fans aren’t worried about the minor changes that the Heat, Rockets, Nuggets, and 76ers made. The Lakers are still better than them. The 2020 championship was always going to come down to the Lakers, Clippers, and Bucks.

Do the Lakers have enough to beat the Clippers and emerge as the Western Conference champion?

Did the Lakers need to upgrade the roster to take down the Bucks and win their first chip in over a decade?

First, we’ll argue why the Lakers were right to stand pat at the trade deadline, and then we’ll say why Rob Pelinka should have made a trade. Finally, we’ll decide if the Lakers can still win a championship without upgrading the roster via trade.