Coming off of two straight losses, there was hope that the Lakers would get back on the right side of the win column against the Nuggets on Saturday.
Instead, fans watched as L.A. gave up a double-digit lead in the first half. With a poor shooting night from LeBron James, it seems they never really had a chance.
By the time the final buzzer sounded, the Lakers were down by nearly 40 points and fans couldn't help but react with despair and hopelessness on social media
With over half of the games clocked in for the Lakers, many fans expected the team to be in better shape by now. Surely, folks thought, some time and practice will be all the team needs to get their act together
Unfortunately, that hasn't proven to be the case so far. If anything, things have only gotten worse as the weeks have gone by.
With the spring quickly approaching, fans are starting to come to terms with the idea that the Lakers, as presently constructed, are a fringe playoff team at best and that no real success will be had until significant changes are made to the roster. They've apparently already been sniffing around for a deal.
The Lakers have little trade flexibility, but that hasn't stopped Los Angeles from exploring various potential deals. Rob Pelinka's front office has only Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn as non-minimum players with tangible trade value, and that combination won't be nearly enough to land Grant or Turner. But the Lakers have called rival teams to assess the trade value of DeAndre Jordan, Dwight Howard and Kent Bazemore, sources said.
The question is, what more can Rob Pelinka do? Russell Westbrook is not likely to be moved and none of their other players are enough to get someone who will move the needle.
Needless to say, righting the ship will not be an easy task for the team. At 21-22 on the season, they have fallen under the .500 mark once again and this latest loss could be a sign of what is to come.