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Report: Lakers considering adding Delonte West, other point guard

Dec 12, 2012, 9:54 AM EST

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Report: Lakers considering adding Delonte West, other point guard

There are no easy answers for the Lakers, because their problems are not tied to just one thing. It’s point guard play, defensive rotations, a lack of outside shooting, transition defense, injuries and a laundry list of other things that has what was a preseason title contender at 9-13.

But point guard play is the biggest — Chris Duhon and Derius Morris are not cutting it. And with Steve Nash likely out until around Christmas now, the Lakers are thinking of making a move reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

West would be the best of what is out there on the free agent market, but he comes with baggage. The Lakers may think with a veteran-heavy locker room they can deal with that, of course Dallas has a veteran-heavy roster, too. And Mark Cuban is a player-friendly, patient owner.

While Lakers fans may want a bigger move, there are no plans to move Pau Gasol at this point. There will not be until he and Steve Nash (and the rest of the Lakers) get healthy and play together for a stretch and the Lakers evaluate what they really have.

If the Lakers make a move they would have to waive or trade someone, they have a full 15-man roster right now. The most likely candidates are Darius Johnson-Odom and fan-favorite (for his cheering) Robert Sacre.

  1. rj2323 - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    I would love delonte in a lakers uniform very solid combo guard but seriously why not sign sharpshooter Michael redd? It shocks me he haven’t been signed I live in az an I seen every game from him an he can still light it up from outside mind boggling that he’s not on a title contending team perfect fit for lakers tho

    • zxrated - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      Offense is not the Lakers problem right now. The team averages over 100 points a game. I don’t know how much West would help but I do know Kobe is a part of the real problem, defense.

      • zxrated - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

        http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2012/12/10/lakers-defensive-problems-include-kobe-bryant/

        Don’t take my word on it, look at the facts illustrated in this link.

  2. MyTeamsAllStink - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    I’m guessing Nash is going to be out longer than just “another 2 weeks”

  3. spthegr8 - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    I don’t care if he is crazy or not. Dude, we are starting Chris Duhon. Signing him will also help keep Nash’s min’s down, when he get’s back. It’s a no-brainer Mitch. Honsetly they should have signed already. I Don’t know what the F**K they are waiting for. I mean we just lost too the Cav’s???????? We have NO DEPTH and our bench leaves a SMIDGE too be desired!!!

  4. paulhargis53 - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Counting on West to play big minutes?
    This is just too GD funny. Desperation is a fascinating think to watch.

    Just when you think it can’t get any better, lakers fans ar clamoring for a guy that should be the 4th or 5th guy off the bench to get starters minutes til Nash comes back. Uff!!

  5. frankyvito - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Chris Duhon is the worst player in the league. That is all.

  6. melecoaze - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    So Artest and Delonte? Thats one crazy team

    • abchome - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:52 PM

      Looking forward to West giving World Peace a Wet Willy.

  7. tiennguyen645 - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Why laker not bring in RAJA BELL ?

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      He is under contract to the Jazz and they cannot workout a buyout.

  8. spthegr8 - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    @Paul
    We don’t need him too play big minutes. We are very thin @ point and he can play some 2 guard as well. If you don’t think that Delonte can contribute, then you are just as crazy as he is. We aren’t looking for him too be our savior, but, you of ALL people know that the Lakers don’t have much depth and he can help with that. As far as desperate goes, not quite their yet, but the way thing’s are going. It’s not too far out!!!

  9. omniusprime - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Sorry Kurt Helin but the most obvious guard to move is Steve Flake, the most sorry excuse for a point guard the Lakers have ever had. Moore and Duhon have been thrust into the starting rotation before they can get enough experience, but now they are getting that valuable experience so in the future they’ll be much better.

    Delonte West may be a good answer as he will bring a certain bad attitude to the soft Laker lineup. I’m not sure Marc Stein has a clue if he’s suggesting Flynn or James, two total unknowns who most likely are no better than Duhon or Moore.

    The Lakers made a major mistake bringing in Ancient Nash and if we Laker fans are lucky he’ll be traded away before the season ends to clear some cap space to bring in a great young point guard. We need a PG who plays defense, who can stop the Kyrie Irvings of the league.

    Still the biggest problem the Lakers have is having the most ignorant coach in the NBA, he’s doing a great job of destroying the premier franchise in the NBA. It’s way past time for the little idiot buss boy to admit his terrible mistake of passing up on Phil Jackson in favor of this moron who can never fill Phil’s shoes or big chair.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! Trade Ancient Nash Now!!! We Want Phil!!! We Want Kyrie!!!

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      Blake’s contract is guaranteed, you are paying him anyway. That is why the other suggestions, guys that you do not pay once you cut them.

  10. paulhargis53 - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    I will give you that he is somewhat of an upgrade. You don’t need him to play the 2 with Kobe/Meeks already there though.
    I’m not sure he’s that great of PG either, but he’s better than what you got right now. I just don’t think in the grand scheme, he makes much of a difference.

    To the other poster, they aren’t trading Kobe, he’s a franchise icon for one, and you’d never get value in return.
    Gasol will be the one to go, if they trade, which they shouldn’t, again that value thing. They are pretty much stuck with this roster.

  11. lakerprideko - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Man using the amnesty to cut Steve Blake over the summer and keep a younger more athletic Ramon sessions to back up Nash sure does sound good now….

  12. dko83 - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Because one bi-polar psychopath just isn’t enough.

    • spthegr8 - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      LMFAO!!!!! Good point never thought about that. Him and MWP on the same team is, unstable too say the least.

  13. twreck13 - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    West is fast creates own shot and a good defender loved watching him last year and I think it’s perfect for lakers

    Mavs fan

  14. thevza - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    I wonder if Mark Cuban saw this one coming and swooped Derek Fisher off the market just to stick it to his nemesis. Hmmm…..

  15. rj2323 - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    @thevza, Good point I never thought of that bro haha

  16. cantonbound13 - Dec 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Is LeBron’s mom part of the deal?

  17. chargerdillon - Dec 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    A better title would’ve been “Lakers consider throwing crap into a fan”

    what are we trying to pick up all of the Cavs old players who couldn’t win a title with the single best player in the game today.

    Does that sound like a winning forumla to anybody.

    Lets build a team around average players who never got it done before!!!!!!!! No flaws here!

  18. barkley4life - Dec 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Delonte “Book of Eli” West in LaLa Land…..fitting.

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