Lakers Coach Phil Jackson says "door's open" for trades; Bynum to miss tonight's game because of a bone bruise
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson acknowledged that the "door's open for business" regarding possible trades involving the slumping defending NBA champions.
It was a follow-up to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak's proclomation Monday that the team would look into trade opportunities because it was underachieving.
"It was a good calling card that Mitch threw out there," Jackson said Tuesday.
The Lakers probably won't make wholesale changes via multi-player trades the same way Orlando did in December, Jackson said.
"We're obviously not happy with the way we've played recently but...the reality is we have a team that's pretty experienced and knows how to play in the playoffs, so I doubt if we do a multiple-[player] change," Jackson said.
The Lakers have a $91-million payroll, the highest in the NBA. They are 33-15, 7-1/2 games behind San Antonio in the Western Conference, and are 1-4 against the four teams with better records (Boston, Miami, Chicago and San Antonio).
Meanwhile, center Andrew Bynum will not play Tuesday against Houston because of a bone bruise in his left knee, an injury revealed Tuesday morning in an MRI exam. He is listed as day-to-day. Bynum had surgery on his right knee last summer.
Bynum was injured in Sunday's game against Boston, though he kept playing. He was hurt when Celtics forward Paul Pierce boxed him out while going for a rebound, Jackson said.
"Structurally, he's fine. It's going to be a day-to-day thing," Jackson said. "Bone bruises are a little bit difficult to just say when a guy's going to come back."
Photo: Phil Jackson. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Reuters.