The Los Angeles Lakers need to improve at the point guard position if they want to win the NBA championship, but they must not make the mistake of choosing Jonny Flynn over Gilbert Arenas to address their back court woes.
Flynn has talent, but he was overrated coming out of Syracuse in the 2009 NBA Draft and a hip injury he suffered last season raises some concerns too.
He's averaging just over three points and two assists this season in seven games for the Rockets, and would not provide any more scoring or defense than the Lakers are currently getting from their disappointing point guards.
The Lakers, according to ESPN, have also expressed interest in Arenas and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Ramon Sessions.
I cannot see the Cavaliers giving up Sessions when he is so important to their team, plus the fact the Lakers don't have much trade assets to give Cleveland in return. They need their best trading chips for a possible deal involving Orlando Magic star center Dwight Howard.
Arenas is the best option because he can be signed as a free agent for the veteran's minimum. Playing with stars like Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol will also help Arenas because he won't have to be a primary scorer like he has been for much of his career.
Arenas can still score about 10 points per game if he's given decent minutes off the Lakers bench, and if he starts, he could certainly add about 15 points per game.
Arenas is also chasing his first NBA championship so he will be motivated to help the Lakers reach the Finals. And judging by their play this season, the Lakers could do some damage in the playoffs.
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