Coach Frank Vogel Does Not See Lakers Making Changes Ahead of the Trade Deadline

Published 03/24/2021, 1:45 AM EDT
Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel (right) talks to his team during a timeout in the fourth quarter of the Lakers 96-94 loss to the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The defending NBA Champions and last year’s WC winners are far from topping the ranking this season. The Lakers enjoyed a fortunate run in the Orlando Bubble, where they recorded no major injury. In fact, the earlier injured players like Rajon Rondo (now with Hawks) joined them later in the series. However, this season is taking away all the luck from them.

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Currently, the Lakers are playing without their star duo. As an instant result of this, they allowed the Pelicans to enjoy a 43-point quarter in their most recent loss. But no magnitude of loss is hampering the faith that their coach Frank Vogel has instilled in his unit.

Coach Frank Vogel showed one hundred percent trust in his men

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In a recent interview, the 47-YO coach declined to spill the beans on any trade possibilities for the team. It seemed as if he had no clue whatsoever about the names that could come up in a swap before the trade deadline. On the contrary, he seemed to show an unsettling yet welcoming confidence in his second unit. 

Lakers coach Frank Vogel talks with referee Eric Dalen in the game against the Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The champion coach confidently expressed, “I don’t know what type of players, there’s always types of player that can help you. But the biggest thing, we just have to get healthy. My expectations, those conversations are for the front office… We’re gonna win games with this group, and I believe in the group that we have. So if nothing happens, we’re gonna win games, we’ll figure out how to win games during this stretch and it’ll benefit us in the long run. I’m not sure if we’ll see changes or not. Most trade deadline situations, there’s a lot of talks that result in nothing. That’s my expectation as a coach.”

This showed how the Lakers organization puts their trust in the players and does not begin looking for alternatives in hard times. So now the onus is on Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Kuzma, and others to perform. The Lakers also had a very busy 2020 off-season, and hence they might not be in a rush this time around. 

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Lakers’ LeBron James had hinted at a similar train of thought earlier

For the Lakers, not two, but four players have been on the injured list for quite a while. Apart from the star duo, Marc Gasol has been unavailable for the last couple of weeks and so has Jared Dudley (knee). 

Marc, the center player, came into the team with a lot of hype around his name. But so far, he has failed to prove as valuable. The 36-YO averaged a career-low 4.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2 assists in the 35 games he played so far.

However, speaking on the topic of roster changes, LeBron James reflected the same thoughts as that of coach Frank.

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This is nothing but a reflection of how the Lakers organization works. Even with a dysfunctional unit, they will stay positive and take it as practice for building a better and stronger future. 

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About the trade options, the Lakers might be interested in the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge and Andre Drummond, but their hard cap allows shelling out only $1.6 million. So a trade difference can not exceed the mentioned amount and hence it will be tough for them to work anything out.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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