The Lakers are desperate to sign New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis before Thursday’s trade deadline.
Magic Johnson and co have tabled numerous offers to the Pelicans for the 25-year-old.
However, it’s understood talks have hit a standstill due to New Orleans’ ridiculous demands.
The Lakers have agreed a trade to acquire Reggie Bullock from the Detroit Pistons, with Svi Mykhailiuk and a second-round pick heading in the other direction.
And Marion has warned the Lakers they could miss out on their top targets unless they’re willing to give up key pieces in trades.
“If teams feel they can get better to make a run this year, then they will,” Marion exclusively told Express Sport.
“A lot of teams won’t trade just for the sake of it. It has to benefit them and make them better going forward.
“If the Lakers are going to trade anybody, they’ll want to add pieces around LeBron [James].
“They will also want to sign a free agent in the summer too.
“They don’t want to take on contracts when they’ve already got existing contracts.”
The Lakers are currently tenth in the Western Conference, two and a half games behind the Los Angeles Clippers in the eighth playoff spot.
LeBron James’ injury hampered the Lakers’ playoff hopes, however, the three-time NBA champion has returned.
However, the Clippers’ decision to trade Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers has proven their intent to plan for the future instead of going for broke now.
And Marion insists the Lakers could sneak into the playoffs, however, their best chance of progressing is to finish in the middle of the pack to avoid the Golden State Warriors.
When asked how deep the Lakers can go in the playoffs if they make the cut, Marion added: “It’s going to be interesting.
“It’s going to completely depend on who they wind up facing.
“The Western Conference is a battle every night. Match ups play a big part.
“Look at the possible teams, Denver, Golden State, Houston, Clippers, Portland. The Lakers will not want to play Denver or Golden State in the first round.
“Their best chance of advancing is to finish in the middle of the playoffs. That would give them a better match up.”
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