There have been rumors about Dwight Howard being on the block, considering that it’s not a sure thing that he will re-sign with the Lakers. Steven Marcus from NewsDay talked to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak about various topics, especially about the Lakers making deals.
Asked about his remaining options to salvage this season, Kupchak said, “We will not make a trade. We will not trade Dwight Howard. We have no intention of making a trade. It’s unlikely that we’ll make any trade with any of our principal players. To make another change at this time of the year being behind the eight-ball like we are, I think that would just make it more difficult. The talent is there. We have to find our way.”
And the Lakers probably shouldn’t make a deal. They’ve hardly had a full deck on hand this season. Not only that but they’ve also gone through a coaching change. Plus there have been philosophical clashes, particularly Pau Gasol’s role in the offense with Mike D’Antoni. They need to settle in at some point. Another major change would mean another major adjustment and they don’t need another one in a season full of them.
As mentioned, they haven’t had a full roster all year. Jordan Hill is out for the year because of hip surgery. Dwight Howard is currently out with a shoulder injury. Steve Blake just came back from a torn abdominal muscle. Steve Nash has missed some time because of a leg fracture. And Pau Gasol has missed time because of knee tendinitis and a concussion. That’s a ton of injuries by the Lakers. Even still, they should be better than their current record. They’re sitting at 22-26 at the moment. However, they have won five of their last six games ever since the Lakers made the adjustment of Kobe Bryant taking the reins as the primary point guard.
The Lakers will push on as they face the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night. The Nets had just come off a win against the Chicago Bulls last Friday.