Lakers News: Lakers May Add PG Following Kobe Bryant Injury

Lakers News: Lakers May Add PG Following Kobe Bryant Injury


Mike D'Antoni and Mitch KupchakFollowing the knee injury to Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers may begin to scour the free agent market for a point guard that can help fill the void in the short-term. Head coach Mike D’Antoni said the following on Thursday following the news of Bryant’s injury via Eric Pincus of the L.A. Times:

“We’ll talk with” General Manager Mitch Kupchak, said Coach Mike D’Antoni after practice on Thursday. “We’re looking but we don’t want to just get anybody.”
But then the Lakers coach admitted the Lakers might have to pick up a point guard.
“That’s probably the next step,” he said.

With the one open roster spot, as the result of the team parting ways with rookie Elias Harris last month, the Lakers may sign a point guard to a non-guaranteed contract. Although a 10-day contract may seem more practical with Jordan Farmar’s return right around the corner, NBA teams can’t sign players to those short-term deals until Jan. 6.

The team could consider a few familiar faces to fill the void with Shannon Brown, Chris Duhon and Darius Morris on a short list of candidates. Other veteran possibilities could be Leandro Barbosa, Jamaal Tinsley, Sebastian Telfair and Rodrigue Beaubois.

Although the Lakers showing any sign of desperation or urgency to make a move in free agency or via trade, it’s safe to say Bryant’s injury has forced Kupchak’s hand. The Lakers have been reluctant to make any kind of move this season in order to avoid adding to luxury tax or taking on more salary, but the writing is on the wall in Los Angeles and something has to be done in order to stop the bleeding.
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  • Jack

    *sarcastic applause. Good fucking idea management, you guys are really on top of it.

  • allan

    Kendall Marshall – 13th pick in 2012 NBA draft

  • Zimmeredge

    they have to get someone in. soon we won’t be able to play a guard hahaha

    but “We’re looking but we don’t want to just get anybody.”

    this sentence is interesting… I don’t know it feels like… a trade… concerning a major wage in our roster… 33yo… playing in the low post and speaking spanish.

    Well don’t get anybody? Get Jeremy Lin or Kyle Lowry asap!!!

    • Daryl Peek

      Was it you who called Marshall?

      • Zimmeredge

        i was yes… but clerly they could have made this phonecall way earlier. when blake got injured. if they are waiting so much it’s because they are trying to get an upgrade via trade… someone that can playr for real.
        it’s hard to deal with morey so deal with dolan he is dumber haha
        houston gets bargnani
        nyk gets asik and gasol
        la gets chandler and lin

        seems legit everybody’s getting what they want.

        • Daryl Peek

          Morey wants draft picks, not many willing to give them up. Good call on Marshall. If you remember I said They would not make a move unless Blake got hurt. This was when Farmar first went down. If Kobe had not got hurt they still would not have moved.

          This is a very surprising move. Kaman’s days are numbered for sure now. Some of the other wings need to be looking also. There will be a salary dump by Feb.

          • Dragon7s

            Morey doesn’t need draft picks, he needs to win now.
            He’s plotted a steady course up until now but the landscape has changed and he has to make a decision.

          • Daryl Peek

            They stopped trade talks because they are not getting first round pick offers for Asik. IJS man

          • Zimmeredge

            he’s going to loose because Asik is a pain in arse for their locker room. the guy can’t stop complaining. Lin too he will go to the press and say “i’m not playing because i’m chinese and i went out from harvard blablabla” (typical Lin’s BS hahaha) tbh ainge was right Celtics don’t have to make any trade with the rockets because they are satisfied with their current roster. so basically he can wait and sit. Rockets are loosing and nobody will ever trade his 2014 draft pick.
            they aren’t looking for draft picks for Asik but for Lin imo.
            But they have to remember Asik plus Lin = 16m$ per year of contract. It’s a bit too much for bench players. 😉
            their loosing a lot of precious time and I think they will have to make a desperation move.

  • Jim213

    ?!?!?!… SMH

    • Zimmeredge

      we have 4 of our best down but we might not move as well…. logic!

  • Daryl Peek

    Reasonable move given Marshall is familiar with the D’Antoni system. Will be currious to see how this plays out as injured players begin to come back?

    • kobe24

      Yeah, but that won’t be for a while. I hope Kendall Marshall can become good guys only 22 with pretty much only 1 season.

      Could you imagine him and Xavier Henry with a 1, 2 Combo? haha only 22 years old lots of ways to grow and they both have so much potential…I think i’m getting ahead of myself anyways, good move by management low risk with high reward see how things pan out.

      In the end we’ll still have 3 PG (Nash won’t be coming back lool) which will be good

      • Daryl Peek

        Don’t coun’t Nash out man. I know most want him gone but that’s not likely.

        • Dragon7s

          With the recent report that he’s still another 4 weeks away, it’s only a matter of time before they shut him down permanently…jello’s jigglin.

          • Daryl Peek

            How so? They can stretch provision him but that’s worse case scenario. You can’t just eat his salary and a trade is, well you know. Tuff situation man.

          • Dragon7s

            I’m still convinced that eventually he’s medically retired.
            Barring that, yeah, stretch provision him.

            Either way, he’ll not play in another NBA game…sad as that is.

  • Daryl Peek

    When asked about his recent knee injury Kobe said; “I’ve hyper extended my knee before”

    A strong Achilles prevents knee hyper extension.

    This means the Achilles injury Kobe suffered was bound to happen. It had nothing to do with the minutes he played last season.

  • Lakers4Life

    Lakers can add all the PGs they want, but it won’t change the fact that Dumbtoni and his stupid system is the FAIL for the Lakers the last 2 years. This is a great opportunity to find a good coach while looking for some temporary PGs.