The Los Angeles Lakers are finding out every night just how thin they are at point guard. Steve Nash and Steve Blake are both out with injury, and the players filling in have been severely disappointing thus far.
This has led to rumors about the front office looking to make changes to the backcourt, and ESPN reported the following:
A source told ESPNLosAngeles.com that the Lakers' options at this point are somewhat limited, but they'll likely consider free agents such as Delonte West, who was cut by the Dallas Mavericks in October, and Eddie House, as well as a trade.
Here are the Lakers’ options broken down and ranked in order of which will most help the team win a championship this season.
This would be a knee-jerk reaction and largely unnecessary. While Nash’s return date has been pushed back several times, he will be back soon enough.
When that happens, the L.A. brass will look foolish if they prematurely agree to an inadvisable trade out of desperation.
If the team receives an extremely favorable offer, then it should certainly consider pulling the trigger. But in all likelihood, the Lakers will have to seek out a trading partner and will not have much leverage in any negotiations.
With a $100 million payroll and 9-13 record, the Lakers truly are desperate, and this is not a climate in which the team will be able to find a decent trade.
3. Delonte West
On the court, Delonte West has many of the qualities the Lakers need in a guard.
He is an above-average defender who can handle the ball and hit open shots on the perimeter. Neither Darius Morris nor Chris Duhon has proved that they can excel in these areas.
However, the Dallas Mavericks recently cut West after suspending his twice in a short time period for “conduct detrimental to the team,” as USA Today reported.
With a new coaching staff and myriad problems, the Lakers would be unwise to take a chance on player with West’s history as a temporary solution.
2. Do Nothing
In the long run, indecision will be less harmful than a poor decision.
Duhon is averaging 4.2 points and 3.8 assists this season, while Morris is contributing 4.7 points and 3.4 assists each night. Clearly, neither play is performing at an adequate level.
But giving away role players in a trade or signing a player who will cause problems in the locker room could have lasting negative effects, whereas the Lakers' point guard woes would be over when Nash and Blake return if the team just does nothing.
While it may be difficult for Lakers fans to swallow after watching Kyrie Irving shred the team for 28 points and 11 assists, making no move is one of the team’s best options at this point.
1. Eddie House
If the Lakers feel compelled to add a guard, House, who is a free agent, is the best rumored option.
He will contribute nothing to Los Angeles’ quest to solve its defensive woes, but he can help out the scoring effort.
Neither Duhon or Morris pose any real offensive threat, but House has proved throughout his career that he is a streaky and dangerous shooter. He has hit 39 percent of his three-pointers across his career.
He has been a part of a championship team with the Boston Celtics, and he will fit in the Lakers’ locker room. While House is not an ideal option, he is the best available choice for L.A.