15th in West
At this point, the only drama remaining in the Lakers' season is where they finish entering the lottery. For much of the season, L.A. has had the league's second-worst record, ahead of only the Philadelphia 76ers. However, the Sixers have played better since acquiring Ish Smith on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets are only 3.5 games ahead of L.A.
While the Lakers don't want to be a complete embarrassment in Kobe Bryant's final games with the franchise, they could clear out some veterans to give more opportunities to their young players.