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February 18, 2015 Updates

It seems inevitable the Lakers (13-40) will make changes to their roster amid an eventual missed playoff appearance and possibly the worst record in franchise history. But the Lakers are “unlikely” to make a deal prior to Thursday’s trade deadline, according to a league source familiar with the front office’s thinking. The Lakers have and will still make calls regarding possible trades. Yet, the Lakers are also aware that any moves could compromise a few variables they deem important. Los Angeles Daily News

The Lakers consider it a “high” priority, according to the league source both to maintain financial flexibility for this offseason’s free agency and to protect their draft picks. The Lakers have a middle first-round pick from Houston as part of the Jeremy Lin trade. The Lakers also owe a first-round pick to the Phoenix Suns as part of the Steve Nash trade, though they could keep it if the selection lands in the top five during the NBA draft lottery in late May. Los Angeles Daily News

The Lakers are interested in acquiring Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, who has recently made it clear he will not re-sign with the Phoenix Suns. Dragic also said in an interview with Los Angeles Newspaper Group last month that the Lakers are one of the teams he will consider after he opts out of his $7.9 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. But the prospect of making such a deal seems daunting for the Lakers. Under no circumstances, would the Lakers make that draft pick unprotected to land Dragic, let alone any star player. The Lakers are also reluctant to ship Lakers rookies Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle in any trade because of their potential. Los Angeles Daily News

Lakers forward Jordan Hill made clear on Wednesday that he wants to remain in Los Angeles for the long-term, telling the L.A. Daily News, “I want to be here. I want to be a in a steady place I call home.” While Hill has been mentioned as a possible trade chip in the Lakers’ efforts to alter the roster going forward—his name has come up in connection with Goran Dragic of the Suns and Reggie Jackson of the Thunder—a source told Sporting News that it is, “highly unlikely,” that Hill will be traded before Thursday’s deadline. “There doesn’t seem to be anything happening there at all,” the source said. Sporting News

After informing the Phoenix Suns that Goran Dragic won't re-sign an extension this summer, agent Bill Duffy delivered the Phoenix Suns a list of preferred trade destinations that includes the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Indiana Pacers have maintained a consistent interest with Dragic, and their need for a point guard – and ability to be a contender with the return of Paul George – makes them a destination Dragic could possibly OK, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

February 17, 2015 Updates

After informing the Phoenix Suns that Goran Dragic won't re-sign an extension this summer, agent Bill Duffy delivered the Phoenix Suns a list of preferred trade destinations that includes the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Indiana Pacers are also a possible destination for Dragic, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Adrian Wojnarowski: Bill Duffy, agent for Dragic, offered a list of teams that they would prefer to be traded, including the Lakers, league source tells Yahoo. The Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and New York Knicks are among preferred destinations for Goran Dragic, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

 

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