The 38-year-old Nash, for the uninitiated, is out for at least two weeks with a nerve root irritation in his back, per NBA.com. But with the way he has looked this season, it wouldn't be surprising if he missed much more time than that.
As such, the Lakers are reportedly interested in searching for point guard help in his stead, via Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico:
With the news of Steve Nash's latest setback, Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak is likely to search for help at point guard, several league executives told FOX Sports Ohio.
"It's not like Mitch to sit and do nothing," said one. "I'd be really surprised if that's his course."
But what's the point?
Even with Nash sidelined, it's not as though the Lakers are desperate for depth. Steve Blake (10.0 points and 5.0 assists in 31.3 minutes per game) and Jordan Farmar (9.5 points and 4.3 assists in 21.1 minutes per game) are playing just fine without him.
Moreover, with Kobe Bryant's impending return to a roster that includes guards (and sometimes small forwards) Jodie Meeks, Xavier Henry, Nick Young and Wesley Johnson all playing 20.0 minutes per game, it's an extremely crowded backcourt as it is.
And if it's a move that Mitch Kupchak and Co. aren't making strictly for depth—in other words, if they are looking for a point guard to crack the starting lineup and immediately improve the team—it's simply going to be too costly.
Granted, it's still early in the season, and Bryant's return will drastically change things, but the 3-5 Lakers certainly don't look like a playoff team right now.
Even in a best-case scenario—if they find a (healthy) starting point guard, if Bryant looks like himself upon his return—they aren't a team that will compete for a title this year.
But that's always been the expectation. The Lakers have next to nothing on the books for 2014-15, and this was always seen as a transition year.
That thought process should remain the same. No moves that might hinder the future should be made.
If the Lakers want to add a cheap option for depth, that's fine—albeit probably unnecessary. But if they are given the opportunity to add a starting-caliber point guard in exchange for pieces to the future—whether that means trading a future draft pick or taking on a nasty contract—the Lake Show should decline.