Lakers Trade Rumors: Breaking Down Potential Point Guards for the Lake Show

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IMarch 6, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 13:  Ramon Sessions #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes up for a shot between Darius Morris #1 and Devin Ebanks #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 97-92.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers need a point guard.


No one really expected L.A to be leading the Pacific division, but here it is, a game ahead of the Clippers. However, if the Lakers want to make a run at the NBA Finals, they need to find an upgrade over Derek Fisher. 

Fish has had a terrific career, but at this point he just looks like a liability on the court.

Here are some floor generals the Lakers have been linked with as we get closer to the March 15 trade deadline.

Kirk Hinrich, Atlanta Hawks

Hinrich certainly isn't the sexiest name on this list, but he will undoubtedly be the cheapest.

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 15:  Kirk Hinrich #6 of the Atlanta Hawks in action during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on February 15, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Hawks defeated the Suns 101-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowl
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The 31-year-old is stuck in Atlanta behind Jeff Teague and that's a big reason why the Hawks and Lakers have discussed a deal

Hinrich has struggled with his normally-dead-on shot this season, but most of that is him shaking off the rust after missing the first 18 games of the season.

This would serve as a "buy-low" option for the Lakers, yet they would get a veteran guard who knows how to run an offense, has good size (6'4") that allows him to play great defense and can shoot the three-ball when open.

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Ramon Sessions, Cleveland Cavaliers

Sessions has appeared to be No. 1 on Los Angeles' wish list in recent weeks, yet the Lakers aren't willing to part with one of their two first-round picks. 

In short, they probably should.

The only reason Sessions is on the bench in Cleveland is because of a certain No. 1 overall pick named Kyrie Irving, who is establishing himself as a soon-to-be top point guard in this league.

But when Sessions gets the opportunity, he thrives. In just 24.8 minutes per game this year, he is averaging 10.6 points, 5.1 assists and just under a three per game. 

Throw in the fact that he has a player option for next year that he would likely accept in Los Angeles and the Lakers need to find a way to get him.

Raymond Felton, Portland Trailblazers

The Lakers have engaged in "exploratory talks" about a trade that would net them Blazers point guard Raymond Felton.

This seemed more likely when Portland had Felton sitting on the bench, but he recently returned to the starting lineup and logged 30 minutes. Still, that just might be the Blazers trying to showcase Felton for potential suitors.

The Blazers are certainly still in the playoff hunt. But if they decide to be sellers at the deadline, Felton will be the first to go. 

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  Raymond Felton #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers loses the ball as he falls in front of Steve Blake #5 and Troy Murphy #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 in Los Angeles
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Felton certainly hasn't been the same since he left Mike D'Antoni's offense, But if it just took Steve Blake and some other minor pieces to acquire him, the Lakers should jump at the opportunity. 

Other Possibilities

The Lakers have also been linked with Jose Calderon, Jarrett Jack, Goran Dragic, Jonny Flynn, A.J. Price and Gilbert Arenas.