NBA trade deadline news: Trades, notes as James Harden, Ben Simmons, Kristaps Porzingis, Spencer Dinwiddie and more dealt with

Basically, the Lakers’ decision to meet the trade deadline signals an acceptance of the team’s fate this season. There are fundamental problems with this roster, now 26-30 after a stunning loss to Portland on Wednesday, that weren’t going to be fixed with the addition of a fringe rotation player.

For starters, sources said that despite some pressure from members of the coaching staff, the Lakers never gained ground on trade talks with Russell Westbrook, leaving the top basketball executive Rob Pelinka the ability to operate only on the margins of the commercial market.

Sources said the Lakers have several potential deals stranded, with players like Toronto’s Khem Birch and Chris Boucher, as well as the Knicks’ Cam Reddish in the mix coming to Los Angeles. A three-team deal involving the Knicks and Raptors was scuttled after the other two teams could not agree on draft compensation.

A twist of the day was that the Lakers flirted with the idea of ​​bringing back Dennis Schröder. Their starting point guard a year ago, averaging 15.4 points and 5.8 assists per game, Schröder fell out of favor in Los Angeles after turning down an $84 million contract extension and had to settle for the mid-level exception in Boston as a free agent.

There was some pushback from some in the organization about the possibility of a Schröder reunion, but that deal didn’t materialize further due to something that has been a theme throughout. of the day: unrealistic asking prices.

Boston eventually traded Schröder to Houston instead.

The Lakers were at a disadvantage as league teams saw them operating out of desperation and wanted to force Rob Pelinka, the vice president of basketball operations, to take bad contracts or spend what little capital was left. to the Lakers, including the 2027 First-Round Pick, to facilitate all trades.

Ultimately, the Lakers retained Talen Horton-Tucker, considered their most valuable trade piece, despite its own limited value, and may seek to add players through the buyout market, which in recent seasons has yielded Markieff Morris and Andre Drummond. . With the Lakers struggling this season, however, they are less likely to be as attractive a destination as they have been the past two seasons.

The Lakers will enter the offseason — likely an early offseason — with a chance to regroup and, starting July 1, their picks of 2027 and 29 to use in trades to reshape the roster around LeBron James and Anthony Davis.