The NBA trade deadline is just a day away and the Los Angeles Lakers don't sound like a team preparing to make a move before riding out the remainder of the season. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said he's engaged in the usual exploration of the trade market but "nothing significant" is expected, reports Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times. Only a handful of trades have occurred as the NBA prepares for the last run of the regular season, and the Lakers have seldom been included in rumors.
Lakers head coach Byron Scott shared a similar sentiment following practice, telling reporters he's met with Kupchak and "doesn't see" anything happening before the Feb. 18 deadline. These discussions often come down to the wire, with several deals not coming to light until the moments after the pencils-down moment occurs Thursday. The "big" rumors around the league surround the future of Dwight Howard in Houston, and what the Atlanta Hawks' plan is moving forward with Al Horford and Jeff Teague.
The Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons have made the most noise thus far, completing a trade sending Tobias Harris to Detroit in exchange for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova. The Pistons are reportedly still interested in acquiring a veteran guard, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
The trade deadline is 3 p.m. ET, leaving less than 24 hours for teams to wrap up any trade discussions they're currently engaged in. The Lakers don't sound like they're hot on the trail for anything before then, but there's plenty of time for things to shift.