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Lakers' Ron Artest hopes for trade

Updated: February 2, 2011, 7:44 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Mitch Kupchak, Phil Jackson and Magic Johnson just did what franchise pillars of their stature rarely do -- something Lakers officials never do, really -- by announcing to the world that the teetering two-time champs might need to make a trade.

Why?

Simple.

The Lakers have been so uncharacteristically public about the potential benefits of an injection of new blood because they know, with a league-high $90.4 million payroll and such limited trade ...

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