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Lakers stand pat at trade deadline

February 21, 2013|By Mike Bresnahan
  • Just like they said all season, the Lakers did not trade Dwight Howard before the deadline on Thursday.
Just like they said all season, the Lakers did not trade Dwight Howard before… (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images )

It's official. The Lakers did not make any trades before today's noon deadline.

They did not deal Dwight Howard or injured forward Pau Gasol, keeping their roster exactly the same.

The Lakers were adamant they would not deal Howard, who could become a free agent in July.

"Regarding Dwight, it took a while for the league to understand our position was exactly what we stated it would be. But I think they finally got it," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Thursday.

 The Lakers were busy last year -- Derek Fisher and Luke Walton were out, Ramon Sessions and Jordan Hill were in -- but nothing come to fruition this season.

The last opportunity for roster additions are veteran players asking for buyouts from other teams.

Such players must be waived by March 1 to be eligible to sign with another team and appear on a playoff roster. Players can sign up until the last day of the season.

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