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Charlotte doesn't seem sold on D.J. Augustin as the long-term answer at point guard, and that could open the window of opportunity for Los Angeles to acquire his services.
The ninth overall pick from the 2008 draft, Augustin struggled in his first two seasons with the Bobcats before he seemingly turned a corner during the 2010-11 campaign.
After never averaging more than 3.5 assists per game, Augustin saw that number rise all the way to 6.1 last year. He also established career-high marks in points (14.4), free-throw percentage (90.6), rebounds (2.7) and steals (0.7).
Although he fell off in certain areas such as field-goal and three-point field-goal percentage, those were a direct result of taking more shots (11.7 per game) than he had in previous campaigns.
He wouldn't have the same offensive responsibilities in terms of scoring that he has assumed in Charlotte, and that could very well pave the path toward him becoming a more complete point guard.
Potential trade: Three-team deal.
Charlotte acquires: SF Terrence Williams, SG Courtney Lee, PG Steve Blake
Charlotte loads up with talent on the wing in Williams and Lee, as well as a veteran point guard in Blake to play backup to Kemba Walker.
Los Angeles acquires: PG D.J. Augustin, F Boris Diaw
The Lakers get an upgrade at the position the team sorely needs in Augustin, as well as a versatile forward in Diaw to be a short-term replacement for the departed Lamar Odom.
Additionally, both players come off the books at season's end, so this experiment can be for just a single season if it doesn't work out.
Houston acquires: F Lamar Odom
The Rockets add legitimate size along the front line and a player in Odom who can play a variety of roles for the team.
He can be a good mentor for Marcus Morris and should be able to find his groove alongside Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin.