Would a Failed Road Trip Force LA Lakers to Pursue a Blockbuster Trade?

Everything was solved for the Los Angeles Lakers. After their claims of "the season starts now," they actually cobbled a three-game win streak together. The Oklahoma City Thunder fell, and Los Angeles kept the momentum going against the mighty Pelicans of New Orleans.

Then, disaster. After leading late in the game, the Lakers fell apart on Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns. Dwight Howard re-aggravated his labrum injury and had to sit as the Lakers floundered. 

The bad news is that this is just the first game of a seven-game road trip. The Grammys have forced the Lakers far from Staples at a particularly precarious time in the season.

Los Angeles has been a miserable 5-16 on the road this year. If you buy that this is a trend and not a fluke, games against Boston, Miami and Brooklyn do not bode well.

The question then is, "Does a season-threatening slump prompt some kind of reaction?" The Lakers have already shown themselves quick to panic, firing Mike Brown five games into the season.

Normally, I would say, "No way, Los Angeles would never overreact to such a small sample size." Firing a coach so soon into the season betrays a lack of stability, though. It puts nearly any eventuality on the table.

The other question is whether or not this is a season worth salvaging. Most logical observers would conclude that this Lakers season is a lost cause, even if they do happen to make the playoffs.

If you subscribe to that notion, then perhaps you endorse making a big, splashy move near the deadline. If you believe that a veteran like Kevin Garnett (should he agree to a trade, given his no-trade clause) can vault this team into contention, then you might support a get-rich-quick scheme.

I don't happen to subscribe to this thinking. The Lakers roster is flawed, even if they do manage to make the playoffs. They feature two centers in a league that's increasingly swinging towards ...

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