Lakers Rumors: L.A. Interested in Utah Jazz Guard Devin Harris?
The Lakers point guard problems have been discussed quite frequently this season. After the Chris Paul fiasco it’s been one thing after another for the L.A. backcourt, which is currently one of the least productive in the league.
With Steve Blake sidelined for at least another week, the Lakers are left with an aging Derek Fisher and a very green Darius Morris. Needless to say, their production has been minimal.
There has been plenty of talk surrounding New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams, who recently expressed his interest to leave the Garden State if they’re unable to bring in Dwight Howard. Williams’ former team, the Utah Jazz, appear to be shopping their point guard as well.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Jazz are shopping Devin Harris, who ironically was the centerpiece of the trade that sent Williams to New Jersey last season. Stein is reporting that of all the teams in the league, the Lakers are one that might take the bait.
“The Lakers would surely have interest, desperately needing an injection of speed in their backcourt, but the $8.9 million trade exception L.A. created by dealing Lamar Odom to Dallas isn’t big enough to accommodate Harris’ current $9.5 million salary.”
This would mean the Lakers need to give up something else in order to bring in Harris, which they might not be willing to do.
Harris has been struggling this season, averaging just 8.1 points and 4.6 assists for the Jazz while shooting 35 percent from the field. For a team that needs some help scoring the basketball that isn’t exactly promising.
Still, Harris could provide a much-needed spark for a Lakers offense that is currently stuck in neutral.