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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Should The Lakers Bring In Another PG

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NBA: Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles LakersLast season, the Lakers experienced a number of injuries to every key player on the team, but where they were hurt the most was at the point guard position. Injuries to Steve Nash and backup Steve Blake left the Lakers with the likes of Chris Duhon and Darius Morris playing far too many minutes.

This season the Lakers added the athletic Jordan Farmar to the fold, giving the Lakers three very solid point guards coming into the season. But once again injuries have destroyed the Lakers depth chart as Steve Nash is struggling to shake the nagging injuries that have haunted him the past two seasons, and now Jordan Farmar will be out for a month with a torn hamstring.

With Steve Blake, left as the only healthy point guard, and no timetable on when Steve Nash will return, it begs the question, should the Lakers bring in another point guard in free agency? We asked our panel of experts and these were their responses:

Ramneet Singh (@RamneetSingh24):

The Los Angeles Lakers have dealt with many injuries this season and the bug still has not left the team. The Lakers have the best bench in the NBA and that second unit has been led by the play of Nick Young and Jordan Farmar. However, with Farmar sidelined the team is open to looking for a replacement.

The NBA is filled with athletic point guards and the best way to replace Farmar is to add someone like him, explosiveness and young. Rodrigue Beaubois is still on the free agent market and if the Lakers want to bring in another point guard, he would fill the void perfectly. Beaubois has shown flashes of greatness in his time with the Dallas Mavericks and he would fit well with the current makeup of the Lakers.

In four seasons in the NBA, Beaubois has averaged 7.1 points, 2.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game. The French guard has also shown that he can score in bunches, posting a 40 point game back in 2010. Although his career with the Lakers would likely be shortened once Farmar returns, he can help the team wins games in the meantime.

Ryan Ward (@Lakers_Examiner):

The loss of Jordan Farmar is definitely going to prove costly. Even though losing Farmar removes the Lakers’ insurance in the backcourt, I’m not sure it is the right time to add another player before seeing what Steve Nash can do once he gets back on the floor.

With Nash practicing once again, the two-time NBA MVP may be able to get back on the floor sooner rather than later. Nash may be nearing the end of his career, but he may still have some life left in those 39-year-old legs.

In the meantime, while awaiting the return of Nash, the team should mix things up with Xavier Henry, Jodie Meeks and Kobe Bryant getting minutes at the point along with Steve Blake.

There is no need to add another player into the mix with capable players on the roster that can fill the void in the short-term. Wait for Nash to return and if he can’t get it done, then pursue a free agent or entertain trades to bring in a point guard.

Suki Thind (@TheRealSuki):

After deliberating a bit, I do think Mitch Kupchak should pick someone up if Steve Nash isn’t able to return soon. Even though Steve Blake will continue to play through injury and has been playing well, he certainly needs some relief.

Although it would be very interesting to see Mike D’Antoni’s offense — which is predicated on point guard play — have to adjust to not having a true point guard at the helm, it’s probably best to pick someone up, even if it’s just for a ten-day contract or two.

Daniel ‘Boobie’ Gibson is the guy who comes to mind, as we all remember him from his days with Cleveland. There are certainly others, but Gibson has been in the spotlight before and has had the responsibility of starting at point guard on an upper-echelon level team this league before. Having fallen out of the NBA, and being just 27, he could fit right in with a team filled with hungry players with something to prove.

Many fans may want Shannon Brown back, but he’s a wing player, and the Lakers have plenty of those.

With Kobe returning soon, he’s certainly capable of playing point guard or being the team’s main facilitator — a role in which he proved capable of for a stretch last season — but I think that’s too much to ask of him right away.

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  • Gregory Choa

    If Steve Nash proves that he is essentially over this nerve root irritation problem of his – no small feat, I might add – then I do NOT think the Lakers need make that move, nor can they really afford to. Farmar will be back soon enough and the triumvirate of Blake, Farmar and Nash at the point – with other guys (Kobe and Henry) who are also capable of handling the ball – provides perfectly adequate depth at this position.


    what ive been wanting for a long time is a good point guard in the Lakers,
    point guards like :
    Russell Westbrook
    Damian Lillard
    point guards who can step up to the plate when we would need it most
    one who can attack the basket when seeing an opening
    one who can match Kobe with 30+ point each
    one whose exciting to watch
    someone who bring intensity and energy to the team
    but its just something i wish would happen

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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Yes.Get Kendall Marshall.

    • John Armstrong

      you took the words out of my mouth – perfect guy, pass first. Can’t shoot much, but we don’t need him to

  • Jim213

    IMO, the team needs to acquire a future franchise PG for the long term (trade). Although, it wouldn’t hurt bringing in another temp PG down the line given it’s obvious that Nash will be coming in and out of the rotation this season (INCONSISTENCY).

    A PG pickup would also help the team (depth) by possibly moving Blake to the 2 while allowing Kobe to play the 3 or 2 with Blake as backup (2). It’ll be interesting to observe if the team can play good team ball without Farmar being he was a good ball distributor as opposed to just throwing the ball in and out.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      My top guys in a trade scenario are Eric Bledsoe,TY Lawson,Russell Westbrook,Deron Williams,Brandon Knight.Now you say a franchise PG in a trade,well that will not be a easy task to accomplish for Mitch.I think perhaps Brandon Knight is obtainable from the Bucks but he is not guaranteed to be a franchise PG although he has those traits in his game.

      Bledsoe is a possible trade option since he is a restricted free agent at the end of the season and the Suns might go in another direction with Goran Dragic and the multiple draft picks they already have.

      Also Westbrook is a long shot he is likely staying with the Thunder.Kyle Lowry is another above average PG but NO WAY is he a franchise Player.

      • Jim213

        The most likely pick out of your selection would be Bledsoe though the Suns have expressed serious interest in keeping him for the long term given what he brings to the floor.

        Bledsoe seems to be underpaid as he’d likely hold out for a bigger pay though the Suns have enough cap to sign him for the long term but are either waiting or hesitant to dish out the cash that would keep in PHX.

        • LakersHeatBeef

          Yes it’s up to Phoenix they have his rights,he is a restricted free agent.I would love the Lakers to get Eric Bledsoe.As of now maybe the NBA draft will be where the Lakers get the future point guard of the future.PG Andrew Harrison is a can’t miss prospect and the Lakers will likely draft him IMO.But anything is always possible tbh.

  • J24

    Is it possible for the Lakers to acquire Seth Curry, Stephen Curry’s younger brother. I liked how he played during the preseason, of course any player is a work in progress but I think he would do well with the rest of the young Lakers bench. In my opinion we shouldn’t rely on Kobe or SN to be the point guard right off the bat, they’d get beat by all the younger and faster PG’s out there. I mean the experience is there and all but I think someone young and faster would make the most sense. What do you guys think?

  • Barry Bunes

    Sasha Sasha Sasha

  • jh

    Steve Blake may not be a world class guard like chris paul or or tony parker. But he is not bad too.

  • Joseph Apohen

    Don’t need to hire another pg especially Duhon, he is terrible. Blake and Farmar will do even if Nash cannot do it anymore. As a matter of fact Blake and Farmar are doing so well the team has not missed Nash. If Nash cannot do it full time, he should retire or be traded. He was great, but with his injury at his age, I don’t think he’ll be great again. The team could use his salary for cap space.

  • Kenny Marks

    I defer to Mitch Kupchak.

  • Batman

    Bring back Johnson-Odom, he who knows the system and has practiced with the team and played in pre-season games for the last 2 years.

  • Andrew Bruce

    I think were good with kobe back…that is kobe in a falcilitator role or the magic mamba we seen at the end of the year last season..at least until farmar comes back and definitaly when nash returns

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