Los Angeles Lakers Trade Talk: Players Who Can Give Lakers a Lift

The Los Angeles Lakers are a bad basketball team right now that's in serious danger of missing the postseason for the first time since 2005.

They're severely lacking in offensive firepower, but have been fortunate enough to win a few home games against bad teams this season.

The Lakers simply don't have enough talent, athleticism, or three-point shooting to compete with the elite teams in the league.

If general manager Mitch Kupchak isn't able to make significant roster upgrades in a hurry, Lakers fans should start bracing themselves for a long season.

And don't count on the Buss family making a big splash in the free agency market this summer, either. The Lakers are already well into the luxury tax and aren't likely to go deeper in the hole, considering the much stiffer penalties that are now in place.

Let's take a look at five potential trade targets that could give the Lakers a boost before it's too late.

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