The Los Angeles Lakers have apparently realized that waiting for Steve Nash to come back and save them isn’t a great strategy. Following Tuesday night’s embarrassing loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, team brass indicated that they needed to find a new point guard.
According to multiple reports, that new point guard may turn out to be Delonte West.
Nash, 38, being the Lakers’ only legitimate option at the position was a dangerous idea from the start. He has a lot of years on his tires. He had somehow avoided major injuries over the last decade (aside from some back problems), which sort of made him due for one. And the fact that L.A. didn’t have a credible backup option to take the minutes load off of him only exacerbated the problem.
When Nash initially went down with a broken fibula at the beginning of the season, his estimated recovery time was a week. The injury occurred on Oct. 31; it’s been a month and a half. The team indicated on Monday that he would at least be out for the duration of the Lakers’ current road trip, which wraps up on Dec. 18.
Given the team’s woes on both ends, the powers that be have apparently decided that they can no longer afford to wait for Nash to return.
Source tells ESPNLA.com Lakers hweighing other options at PG. Situation w/ Nash too unclear. Can't keep waiting while they lose.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) December 12, 2012
Options are fairly limited, but Delonte West, Eddie House, etc. could help. Could do a small trade as well— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) December 12, 2012
No firm decisions made yet but Lakers, I'm told, ARE weighing pros and cons of creating roster spot to sign Delonte West to ease PG crisis— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) December 12, 2012
Sense I get is that D-West, widely regarded as top available PG, is at the top of Lakers' list ... but word is they'll indeed look around— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) December 12, 2012
West, 29, averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 assists in 24 minutes of action per game with the Dallas Mavericks last year. He was released by the Mavericks at the end of this past October after he got into a locker room confrontation and then proceeded to rant about it on Twitter. He, it seems, is L.A.'s best option at this point if they’re looking to pick someone up via free agency
If they’re looking to go the trade route, though…
Lakers' top PG trade target, of course, has long been Pau's pal Jose Calderon. But Raps, to this point, want to attach Jose to a bigger deal— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) December 12, 2012
What Stein is referring to as far as a bigger deal goes is Andrea Bargnani. Toronto wants to dump Bargnani. They previously tried to trade a package of Bargnani and Jose Calderon for Pau Gasol, but the Lakers rightly rejected that idea.
Are they desperate enough to do it now? We’ll find out soon enough.