Phil Jackson: Lakers not anticipating any moves by Thursday's trade deadline
Will the Lakers make any trades before noon Thursday? Doesn't like look it.
Anything can happen the week of the NBA's trade deadline, but Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said he didn't expect any roster changes.
"We'll see what comes up but right now we're not anticipating it," Jackson said after Monday's practice.
The Lakers have plenty of talent but few tradeable assets. They are weighed down by long, cumbersome contracts and have no expiring ones since trading Sasha Vujacic in December. (Matt Barnes and Shannon Brown can both opt out of their contracts after this season.)
Even if the Lakers don't make a deal by Thursday, they will soon add another body to their lineup.
Barnes practiced Monday without contact for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair torn knee cartilage last month. He said he needed to practice three times with contact before returning to game action, which could happen next week, slightly ahead of schedule.