Kupchak insists now is not time to deal

January, 23, 2013
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As the Los Angeles Lakers rack up more losses, the pundits and fans who follow the team feel they have to make a blockbuster deal by trading Pau Gasol or Dwight Howard. So far Lakers management has said nothing will happen until they have more time to analyze the squad.

Could they change their stance? They might, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com, as Howard is reportedly unhappy with his role in Mike D'Antoni's offense. Gasol is also not thrilled with his new role as Howard's backup.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak still insists though that nothing in on the horizon.

"I don't think we're at the point where you say, 'It's time for a trade,' and a trade happens in three to four days. That's just not how this league works," Kupchak said.

There was a report Tuesday that Brooklyn was planning to once again try to acquire Howard via trade, but apparently that's not accurate, according to Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com.

Ramona Shelburne
Time to consider options ... or is it?
"Unless ... they want to trade one of their four future Hall of Famers: Bryant, Gasol, Howard or Steve Nash. You can pretty much cross Bryant and Nash off that list right now. Neither is going anywhere. You can probably cross Howard off, too, unless he demanded a trade or made it very clear -- publicly or privately -- that he won't re-sign in the offseason. (Which, given his history, wouldn't be shocking.) Which leaves Gasol again. But if he's the best asset to trade, shouldn't the Lakers be pumping up his value right now? Instead they have relegated him to the bench and asked him to play a role he's uncomfortable in. No, the Lakers are mostly stuck with this roster. There is room for tweaks at the margins. Change for change's sake. But for the most part, the best thing they can do, the only play they have left, is for each man to find the nearest mirror, look into it, and decide if there's something in there that can save this season."

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