Lakers Trade Rumors: Last-Minute Buzz on Ty Lawson, Goran Dragic, Miles Plumlee

The Los Angeles Lakers have a few things brewing as the NBA's trade deadline looms over the league's head early Thursday afternoon.

Naturally, the Purple and Gold have been involved in talks on a variety of players. Despite the team's 13-40 record, it appears as if general manager Mitch Kupchak would like to add to his roster before the deadline passes.

Question the decision all you want, and keep in mind that the team must forfeit its draft pick to the Phoenix Suns if it falls past No. 5 while you do so. But realize that the Lakers are run unlike most franchises. It's all about winning—whether that be now or in the long run.

Below are a few of the most eye-catching rumors surrounding the organization.


Ty Lawson and Goran Dragic

Jeremy Lin, Ronnie Price and Jordan Clarkson have combined to fill the point guard position for the Lakers this season. Clarkson has been decent as a rookie, but the overall combination of the three players has not shown enough promise to lead the team.

ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that Kupchak is looking into a few solutions:

Goran Dragic has suffered from a crowded backcourt situation in Phoenix. Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas are similar in that they are score-first point guards, meaning Dragic has had difficulty finding the niche he carved for himself last season.

The benefits of Dragic are quite easy to see, even if he isn't playing to his full potential in the desert. He can score with the best of them (he's averaging roughly 18 points per game the last two seasons), and he'll do so efficiently (he shot 50.5 percent from the floor last season and is on his way to a similar mark this year). He's also capable of facilitating, evidenced by his career assists mark of 4.6 per game.

The Lakers' need for a point guard has led them to Dragic, and apparently the intere...

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