The easiest option would be to find a short-term replacement in the D-League.
Something is better than nothing, and there are two prominent point guards currently playing at the sub-NBA level who deserve a shot in the Association. The Lakers are in perfect position to take a risk on one of the two, giving him an opportunity and deciding his long-term future after the currently injured guards return to health.
The first option is a recent lottery pick who couldn't cut it with the Phoenix Suns.
Kendall Marshall was never really granted much of a chance to succeed in the desert, and he has yet to truly put his passing skills on display at the NBA level. If you watched even a few of his games at North Carolina, you know that he certainly has them.
In four games for the Delaware 87ers, Marshall has torched his competition to the tune of 21.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists per contest. He even debuted against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers with 31 points, nine boards and 10 dimes, falling just one rebound shy of a triple-double.
Bleacher Report's D.J, Foster argues that he'd be a great fit for the Lakers, and one sentence from his fantastic article sticks out: "Maybe Marshall won't be the D-League's Oscar Robertson every night, but he sure looked right at home playing in such a frantically paced game."
You know who else likes his team to play at a frantic pace? Mike D'Antoni. You can connect the dots as you wish.
But Marshall isn't the only option in the D-League. Pierre Jackson should be considered as well. The Baylor product was selected at No. 42 in the most recent draft by the Philadelphia 76ers before being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. He is currently playing for the Idaho Stampede.
But he's not just playing; he's dominating.
The poor man's version of Nate Robinson is the leading scorer in the league through six games, averaging 28.5 points per contest.
Both are interesting options, and it really can't hurt to give either a try.