LA Lakers plan trade move after "terrible loss"

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Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has revealed that the flagging franchise is open minded about adding new players before the February 20th trade deadline, after Steve Nash joined Kobe Bryant on the casualty list.

Nash is back on the treatment table with nerve damage in his back and hamstrings following a collision in Tuesday night's defeat to the Chicago Bulls.

The Lakers are currently on their worst run of home form in franchise history with seven successive defeats, and Kupchak has admitted that shocking spell may force him into the market unexpectedly in the next six days.

Kupchak told ESPN: "Our approach to the trade deadline will be different than it's been in years past.

"In general, if there's a way for us to improve the franchise going forward, we'll do it. That may or may not be possible, but if there is a way to improve our positioning, our footing, the picture going forward, we'll look to do something."

Losing Nash through more injury problems is just the latest setback in a season of woe at the Staples Center, with Bryant still sidelined with a fractured left kneecap suffered in December.

Bryant has been on court just six times this season, while Nash has largely been unable to provide cover thanks to a succession of setbacks.

Throw in the uncertain future of Pau Gasol and things look bleak for the Lakers heading into the All-Star break, with a huge rebuilding project expected to begin during the close season.

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