The missing piece for the Lakers, not just this year, but for several years now, has been a good point guard; someone who can feed Kobe and the bigs consistently, be another scoring threat and defend the new generation of floor generals.
The last great point guard LA had was Magic Johnson, followed by some good players in Nick Van Exel and Derek Fisher.
After 15 years in the league, Fisher has little left in the tank. Steve Blake is inadequate. And youngsters Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris are just that—young, and not ready to lead the Lakers.
The Lakers have the assets to be buyers at the trade deadline, and although there will be options after the season, a new point guard is just what they need to bring the team together and make this season count as much as possible in the pursuit of a championship.