What the Los Angeles Lakers Should Do with Excess Point Guards

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What the Los Angeles Lakers Should Do with Excess Point Guards
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The Los Angeles Lakers have four point guards on their roster at the moment, but a decision needs to be made in order to cut that number down at some point this season.

Along with Steve Nash, Los Angeles also has Steve Blake, Chris Duhon and second-year point guard Darius Morris.

Per Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times, general manager Mitch Kupchak has said there are no plans to trade any of the Lakers' floor generals at the moment, but that could change when playing time becomes an issue.

"Some guys may not be happy if they're not playing as much as they thought they'd play or their contract's running out and they're concerned about their next contract," Kupchak said. "It's too early right now. There's a lot of energy and excitement right here. Everybody's pretty happy. So we'll just see how it plays out the next month or two."

There's no doubt playing time will become an issue with Nash commanding the majority of the time at point guard. Both Duhon and Blake are used to being backups, so third string doesn't fall into the ideal category for either player.

Blake has an instant advantage over Duhon, considering Blake has spent the past two seasons with the Lakers and knows the team quite well. Blake won't need to learn a new offense like Duhon, and he has proved to be a solid shooter and good passer off the bench for the Lakers in the past.

Not to mention, Blake has already developed chemistry with his teammates.

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Duhon was a throw-in, included in the Dwight Howard deal with the Orlando Magic. Orlando could have given Los Angeles anyone they wanted in that deal, making it likely the Lakers never had any interest in Duhon at all.

With career numbers being mostly equal between the two veterans, the Lakers should unload Duhon for whatever they can get for the point guard. However, it might not be easy to trade Duhon, as the 30-year-old still has another year left on his deal beyond the 2012-13 season.

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Worst-case scenario, the Lakers will have to cut Duhon. But even that is a better option than keeping a disgruntled point guard on the roster.

It's safe to say Morris will be safe in this whole situation. He's still very young, and Los Angeles will likely attempt to develop him as a potential future option at point guard if all goes well. Not to mention, having Nash as a mentor could do wonders for his development if he remains with the team.

The Lakers have a nice problem on their hands, but it's a problem that could turn ugly if nothing is done about it. But Los Angeles' front office already knows this, and it's just a matter of time before GM Kupchak pulls the trigger.

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