Lakers looking at new Kidd on block

first_imgAsked if he felt the Lakers had to make a move, Jackson answered: “After Thursday’s loss, I was very disappointed in our team. I thought our chemistry was not good. I told you guys … that I saw defeat in some faces in a ballgame that was close. It was right down to the wire all the way through, and we’ve had four games like that out of our five losses that have been right on the nub and we haven’t been able to produce.” Bryant called Kidd “one of the top point guards in the history of the NBA” and suggested the two wouldn’t have a problem co-existing. “If a name like Jason Kidd comes across the table, you have to look at it,” he said. The Nets, who have slipped to 25-29 and two games out of the Eastern Conference’s top eight, would have to be open to a package probably built around Kwame Brown and Jordan Farmar as well as several expiring contracts and draft picks. The Lakers have lost key players for nearly 120 games this season due to injury. And because of that, the Lakers already have played their way into the sixth seed – they trailed Houston by four games and led Denver by 2 1/2 entering Tuesday. “Hopefully with a few days off that we had and getting re-focused, we’ll be able to come back and have a solid end of the season,” Luke Walton said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! No Phil Jackson-coached team ever has lost six straight games, although that will be of no comfort as the Lakers play host to Portland tonight at Staples Center. They have dropped their past four games in the closing minutes, almost finding new ways to lose. Although the Lakers have victories to their credit over the Western Conference’s top five teams, they have gone just 16-18 after opening the season with 15 of their first 20 games at home. They now would have to go 20-8 to finish with 50 wins. EL SEGUNDO – As the Lakers reconvened Tuesday following the All-Star break, they could find the seventh-place Denver Nuggets closer in their rearview mirror than the fifth-place Houston Rockets ahead on the road. Whether the Lakers are stuck in reverse or merely stalled out thanks to a combination of injuries and a difficult schedule, they will start the second half of the season having lost five consecutive games and 11 of their past 15. center_img Amid questions about their direction, the Lakers hope one answer might come in a highway-robbery deal before Thursday’s trade deadline. They have expressed interest in All-Star guard Jason Kidd, who is owed $41 million over the next two seasons. With those financial considerations in mind, the New Jersey Nets are considering trading Kidd to the Lakers in a package that would not include either center Andrew Bynum or forward Lamar Odom, the two most valuable assets after Kobe Bryant. “We’ve looked to make deals over the last few years close to the trading deadline,” Jackson said Tuesday, “and they’ve all been really key players that we thought would make a difference. We just didn’t want to do a lateral move or something like that. That’s one of the reasons why we think if you do something, do it right, do it big.” The Lakers would have to take into account the luxury-tax implications of adding Kidd as well as the difficulty in bringing a player up to speed midseason in the triangle offense. Even so, Jackson’s patience might have run out after Thursday’s 114-108 loss to Cleveland, a game in which the Lakers led with 3:23 left only to watch the Cavaliers finish the game by making five consecutive trips to the foul line. last_img

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