The fight Lakers, losers of seven of their last 10 games, chose not to do anything before the NBA trade deadline. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link), Los Angeles will instead turn to the buyout market to consolidate its club.

Underperforming Lakers wing Talen Horton Tucker, who had been considered LA’s most logical trade chip, will now remain on the roster for at least this season. At 26-30, the Lakers sit the ninth seed in the Western Conference, falling short of their expectations heading into the 2021/22 season. Russell Westbrookwho is in the midst of one of the worst seasons of his career, will also stay with the team.

ESPN’s Dave McMenamin adds (by Twitter) that, given that the Lakers currently have a full roster of 15 players, the team would have to give up one player to make room for a new addition. Reservations DeAndre Jordan and Kent Bazemore seem like the most likely candidates for it.

Several other teams with playoff hopes opted out of trades during the deadline:

  • Another team that had high hopes heading into 2021/22, the 24-31 Knicks, chose to stay pat today, reports Wojnarowski (Twitter link). The team completed two transactions earlier in the season, including the acquisition Reddish cam from Atlanta. Fred Katz of The Athletic notes (by Twitter) that while New York might have trade-friendly contracts, the team was unable to find a willing partner.
  • A relatively busy Warriors The club have opted against making a timely trade and currently have a 15-man roster identical to their opening night squad, according to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater (Twitter link). Led by All-Stars Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Andre Wigginsmore than one return Klay Thompson and Sixth Man of the Year nominee Jordan Poolethis revamped Golden State club has comfortably established itself as one of the best teams in the Western Conference.
  • the Bulls, a top seed in the East with a badly injured roster, has also decided not to make any trades this season and will instead look to the buyout market to improve his depth, according to NBC Sports Chicago’s KC Johnson. . Johnson adds (Twitter link) that Chicago never really wanted to move on from sophomore power forward patrick williams this season. Johnson notes that Williams, who has been injured in all but five games this season, could return from his broken wrist as early as mid-March.
  • Soaring hawkswinners of seven of their last ten games, ultimately made no moves on time, according to Sarah K. Spencer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (by Twitter). Reddish’s deal with New York ended up being their only move this season.
  • the timber wolves had several conversations in the league but ultimately couldn’t find a trade that worked for them, tweet Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. With an exciting All-Star center core Karl Anthony Townssecond year shooter Anthony Edwardsand veteran leader D’Angelo Russel, the team became a dashing playoff contender. The front office will look to observe how the club concludes the 2021/22 season. With a 29-26 record, the Timberwolves are currently the seventh seed in the West. Minnesota looks on track to make its first playoff berth since 2018.
  • 38-18 Grizzliesthe third seed in the Western Conference, made no trades by the deadline, according to Chris Herrington of the Daily Memphian (by Twitter). Led by the All-Star starter Ja MorantMemphis is already a particularly deep club with several players signed to reasonable contracts.
  • In a bit of a surprise, the usually very active thunder are another team that decided not to make any roster changes at the trade deadline this season, according to Oklahoman’s Joe Mussatto (Twitter link). Oklahoma City is currently well below the salary cap and minimum wage. The team’s cap space will still be in play in June before the start of the league’s new year.