The Los Angeles Lakers did not make any significant moves at the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 10 with team executive Rob Pelinka reportedly turning down several pitches.

Most of these were tied to potentially moving Russell Westbrook. But with teams like the Houston Rockets requesting that the purple and gold include their 2027 first-round pick, the Lakers opted to pass on any deal.

It was also added that LeBron James and Anthony Davis were consulted about the trade scenarios by Pelinka. However, a report by Dave McMenamin says otherwise, alleging that James’ stance of standing pat was not true.

One can understand why Pelinka is coming from. James is at the age where he could potentially call it quits at some point and the injury-prone Davis holds a sketchy future.

There is no assurance that the future pick can help turn the Lakers’ fortunes in a snap. However, it is an asset that Los Angeles can either use for its own or as a future asset that will undoubtedly be valued higher in the years to come.

The fact is the Lakers do not have many picks they can rely on moving forward. This was explained by Filipino NBA YouTuber Aldrin Magnaye of 3B Hoops in a recent podcast on Sports Bytes PH episode covering the post-NBA trade deadline results on Friday, Feb. 11.

Magnaye also stressed how James’ NBA career is winding down. One of his wishes is to play alongside Bronny James although questions are in the air if he is top-NBA pick material.

The Lakers’ mantra of winning it all now is not looking good. Not many believe the Lakers can turn things around and win it all. Based on the structure of the team right now and with no trades being pulled, it certainly appears that the Lakers will have to ride it out and hope for the best.

LeBron James
James previously missed several games this season due to several injuries, including an ankle injury that kept him from playing twice in October and an abdominal injury that cost him eight games. Getty Images

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