Lakers Rumors: L.A.'s Best Point Guard Trade Options

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 29:  Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates a score against the Minnesota Timberwolves during a 105-84 win at Staples Center on February 29, 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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With the 2012 NBA trade deadline closer than it appears, the Los Angeles Lakers' mad dash to the playoffs needs a boost.

As much as fans want the blockbuster Dwight Howard deal to come to fruition, the Lakers are likely going to make a much smaller deal to add depth and scoring to their backcourt, as reported by Alex Kennedy from HOOPSWORLD.

All of the following players have been rumored to be on the Lakers’ radar, and this is the power ranking of which possible acquisitions would help the most.


Ramon Sessions

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For the Los Angeles Lakers, a team looking for a Band-Aid to put over their futile backcourt, there is no better solution than Cleveland Cavaliers guard Ramon Sessions.

Sessions is the youngest of all the players the team is targeting with far more upside than either Raymond Felton or Kirk Hinrich. Add in the fact that he has little risk because he can walk after this season via free agency, and the Lakers have a deal waiting to get done.

Cleveland is trying to get what it can before he leaves, so if Los Angeles slow-plays this enough, they could get the guard for next to nothing.


Raymond Felton

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If the Lakers are looking for a more traditional point guard that can do a little of everything, Raymond Felton might be their man. While Sessions is the more effective all-around player, Felton can be a facilitator.

Felton averages more than six assists per game on a Trail Blazers team that fails to find offense at times. Put him next to Kobe Bryant, and watch those numbers skyrocket.

After this season, Felton is a restricted free agent. That ability to control their own fate may be something that gives Felton the edge over Sessions in the Lakers’ eyes.


Kirk Hinrich

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The Lakers are looking for a player to alleviate the pressure off of veteran Derek Fisher when the games start dragging and his knees just need a rest. There are serious questions about whether or not Hinrich can do that.

Hinrich would come in and play backup for Fisher, but it’s hard to say how many minutes a guy who was backing up Jeff Teague could steal at this point. While he is far from terrible, he just doesn’t fit unless the asking price drops.

The Atlanta Hawks guard is one of the best options on the trade market, but the Lakers have to take into consideration that he will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.


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