Lakers Trade Rumors: Raymond Felton Would Fix LA's Point Guard Issues

T.J. McaloonContributorMarch 6, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  Raymond Felton #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers loses the ball as he falls in front of Steve Blake #5 and Troy Murphy #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers need help at the point guard position. By trading for Portland Trail BlazersRaymond Felton they will fix that gaping hole. 

According to Chris Haynes of, the Trail Blazers and Lakers have been in talks with each other about swapping Felton for Steve Blake, saying:

A league source has informed that the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers have had “exploratory talks” regarding Trail Blazers' guard Raymond Felton.

According to the source, talks have been ongoing for weeks and it is likely to involve Lakers' guard Steve Blake in the deal. has also been told that terms of this potential deal “haven't got off the ground” but it is one that is being considered by both sides. 

Currently, Felton is in the midst of career low numbers of 9.7 points, .368 shooting percentage and 6.1 assist per game. However, this is an odd year for Felton as over his career he has a .410 shooting percentage and averages 13.4 points and 6.7 assists per game.  

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 19:  Steve Blake #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on February 19, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Lakers 102-90.  NOTE TO USER: User exp
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If the Lakers would make the swap of Blake for Felton they would be fixing a problem since the current crop of Lakers point guards are struggling to produce (Blake), or are on the last legs of their career (Derek Fisher). 

Blake has seen his numbers decrease over the two full months of this season. In January, Blake averaged 7.3 points per game; however, last month his production dropped to 6.3 and starting out and in March he’s averaging only two points.  

In fact, when it comes to playing the Pacific Division, Blake has a only two points per game, a .278 shooting percentage and just four assists.  

However, those comparisons are for who Felton would be traded for; while comparing Felton to the current Lakers starter Fisher, Felton’s numbers are still light years ahead of his.  

Fisher only has a 5.5 points per game against division opponents, a .409 shooting percentage and 3.3 assists.  

Felton isn’t the big flashy name that will jump off of the pages of the sports section of the LA Times. However, he is the smart basketball decision to help fix a huge problem on this current Lakers team. 

He can help run this offense, while providing a solid second option to Kobe Bryant when the Lakers need a basket.  

At the trade deadline, the Lakers do not need to go out and over spend for Dwight Howard, instead they have to make a smart decision by adding Felton.