Derek Fisher is 37, and while he is still a commendable floor general, he is not going to help Los Angeles return to championship form. Fisher's lack of mobility and athleticism makes the Lakers vulnerable in the backcourt, even with Kobe Bryant.
Steve Blake, Fisher's backup, isn't the answer either. He doesn't understand the workings of being a facilitator enough to be truly effective, and he is prone to making questionable decisions with the ball.
Where does that leave the Lakers? No place good, as the clock is ticking on Bryant's career. Chris Paul and Deron Williams would be great solutions to Los Angeles' problems, but the cost—more than likely Andrew Bynum—is too high unless a capable big man is coming back in return as well.
If Los Angeles wants to upgrade its point guard spot without depleting its low post, it is going to have to look beyond the superstars who may or may not become available.
Setting their sights on a offense-directing savant—who won't necessarily cost an arm and a leg—needs to be the course of action the Lakers take post-lockout.