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Frank Vogel says Lakers’ closeness won’t affect trade deadline decisions

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been through a lot this 2019-20 NBA season. However, despite the strong team chemistry they have developed, it seems the front office is still looking for any ways they can make improvements to the roster.

Although the Lakers ushered in some serious turnover in the offseason, they have meshed together rather quickly due to their success and the recent passing of the legendary Kobe Bryant. Nonetheless, head coach Frank Vogel says it will not stop the team from potentially making a deal at the Feb. 6 trade deadline.

Per Harrison Feigan of Silver Screen and Roll:

Vogel said that the team all collectively going through such a loss together would be a consideration at the deadline, but not the sole one.

“I think it is part of the equation. But I don’t think it’s going to be something that prevents us from doing something if we feel like there is an opportunity to improve our roster,” Vogel said.

Frank Vogel has certainly had his work cut out in his first season as the Lakers head coach. He has helped them fit the billing as bona fide championship contenders by quickly establishing themselves as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. He has also been tasked with helping the players navigate the emotions that came with Bryant’s death.

Although these are all factors that have brought them closer as a team, this does not take away from the championship expectations that they set prior to the season. Amidst their success, the Lakers are still far from a finished product and still have a few needs to fill if they hope to make a run at the NBA Finals this season.