Derek Fisher is in advanced negotiations with the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Western Conference leaders after clearing waivers, according to sources close to the situation.
The ankle injury that has sidelined Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant for the last three games will knock him out of Sunday's All-Star Game as well.
Best defense from another slow start could fall on Mavericks' early offense.
In Marc Stein's Week 17 Power Rankings, a couple of top teams stumble due to injuries.
Trade season was not kind to all the elite teams that find themselves chasing the Lakers and dealing with the league's other downer: injuries.
After taking down the Celtics on Christmas Day, the Lakers take over the top spot in Marc Stein's weekly NBA Power Rankings.
Another injury, another court hearing, another anticipated comeback. Just another week for the Lakers.
With Devean George's injury, the Lakers' margin for error decreased from slim to none.