The Los Angeles Lakers are in the market for a trade but they aren’t offering what you think they are. Yesterday Mitch Kupchak made it abundantly clear that the rumors that Los Angeles is shopping Dwight Howard are false and that neither he nor Pau Gasol will be traded before the deadline. That being said, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers are interested in trading Steve Blake, Chris Duhon, Devin Ebanks, and Darius Morris.
According to the great Woj, the Lakers are seeking second round picks in exchange for Blake, Duhon, Ebanks and Morris.
Lakers offering Steve Blake, Chris Duhon, Devin Ebanks, Darius Morris for 2nd-rounders, sources say. Looking to unload, free roster spots.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 21, 2013
Any trade at this point will be viewed as a move to free up money to re-sign Dwight Howard at the end of the season, as the Lakers aren’t asking for contracts in return, rather they’re asking for draft picks which they can later trade or draft filler with.
Some would say the Lakers need to make a trade to right the ship in Los Angeles, but Kupchak and company think the Lakers have more than enough to win with. While that might be very true, the fact of the matter remains that the Lakers need to figure something out now, and that they’re looking into the future already means hope is stating to dwindle in Tinseltown.