The Los Angeles Lakers continue to struggle and pundits feel that there is no better way to stop the bleeding than by pulling off a trade.

Russell Westbrook remains their prime asset plus their two future draft picks. And the only team so far being mentioned is the Indiana Pacers, the same NBA team that deal them a shock loss recently at home despite seemingly well on their way to victory.

While most see Westrook’s demoted result as positive, the bottom line is that the Lakers are still losing. Other than the 2017 NBA MVP, they do not have a talented supporting cast.

Hence, it makes sense to possibly give up the former triple-double machine for players like Myles Turner and Buddy Hield. They are significantly younger than the nine-time All-Star and can potentially add more depth to the purple and gold’s roster.

Despite their problems, some believe the Lakers can still make the playoffs at the least. This was shared by Dave McMenamin of ESPN but that possibility can only materialize if Los Angeles makes a move.

"There is belief shared by leaders in the Lakers' locker room, sources said, that the team is only a couple of players away from turning this group into a legitimate contender," McMenamin recently wrote. "But acquiring the right players could take multiple trades."

Another person who shared his thoughts on the Lakers is retired NBA player Paul Mokeski. While he feels that the Westbrook experiment is working, he ponders on whether Los Angeles can dig themselves out of their hole.

“They’ve had such a bad start. I don’t know if they can dig themselves out of this hole. Their roster is not very good. Besides Anthony Davis, LeBron James and Westbrook… all these other guys are lower level backups,” Mokeski said in an exclusive interview with PTV Sports.

“Is there a trade in the future? I would definitely look at one. I mean, where are we now? Where were we a couple of years ago? It’s just not working so what can I get to make my team better?” he added.

Dwight Howard #39, LeBron James #6, Anthony Davis #3, and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard #39, LeBron James #6, Anthony Davis #3, and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers Getty Images | Jared C. Tilton

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