Lakers Trade Rumors: Raymond Felton for Steve Blake Buzz Is Nonsense

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2012

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, California.  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 Harry How/Getty Images)
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It's obvious that the Los Angeles Lakers need help at point guard. However, acquiring Raymond Felton is not the way to properly solve that problem.

Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest reported this rumor on March 4. He didn't give many  specifics, only that Steve Blake would be moved as a part of the trade.

Felton would be an upgrade over either Blake or Derek Fisher, but there's another trade that the Lakers need to really pursue.

Sam Smith of reported that a trade between the Lakers and Rockets is in the works. In the proposed deal, Pau Gasol would move to Houston and in return, Los Angeles would get Kyle Lowry and Luis Scola.

The Felton trade could be good if the Lakers think they can win a title now. They would be able to hold on to Pau Gasol and the rest of their nucleus while still improving at the point.

Although, is Felton really the guy to push the Lakers over the top?

He's averaging 6.2 assists this year, but that's not too good when you consider that Felton is also giving up the ball 2.7 times a game.

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Felton is only scoring 10 a game, but you could probably argue that the Lakers won't really need him to score.

Los Angeles needs to think about the future a little bit. Felton's contract is up at the end of the year. He's making $7.5 million this year, so he'll probably be able to get at least that and then some in free agency.

This could be coming at a time when the team is trying to save what money it can to make a run at Dwight Howard.

You have to compare all of this to what the Lakers could get by trading for Lowry.

He is having a much better season than Felton, averaging 15.9 ppg, 7.2 apg and 5.3 rpg. His turnover numbers are high this year, but he's only averaged about two a game for his career.

The team could move Pau Gasol, which is clearly something the Lakers have wanted to do since the summer, and receive not only Lowry but a capable power forward in Scola to replace some of Gasol's production.

Some might argue that the Rockets would be loathe to part with Lowry, but as Smith says in his article Houston is pretty high on Goran Dragic and Jonny Flynn. And don't forget that Houston would have received Gasol in the aborted Chris Paul trade.

Lowry also provides a cheaper option than Felton. He is signed through the 2014 season and is set to make about $12 million during that time.

If Lowry proves to be successful this year, Los Angeles knows it can move forward with him for the next few years.

Even if he's bad, his contract isn't too high that another team wouldn't take him.