Steve Nash is two weeks away from returning to the Los Angeles Lakers. That’s the most recent word on his status from team officials. Of course, he was also two weeks away from returning on Oct. 30, when he initially sustained the broken fibula that has kept him out of action ever since.
The Lakers’ prognosis of their point guard’s condition means very little at this point. Until Nash is actually out there, any suggestion that his return is “imminent” should be taken with a grain of salt. And as if there wasn’t enough evidence out there already to indicate that the Lakers are struggling at point guard, new reports surfaced recently that they are looking to bring in either Delonte West or Eddie House to help out at the position.
A source told ESPNLosAngeles.com that the Lakers' options at this point are somewhat limited, but they'll likely consider free agents such as Delonte West, who was cut by the Dallas Mavericks in October, and Eddie House, as well as a trade.
West, 29, averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 assists in 24 minutes 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.
House, 34, was waived by the Miami Heat last December. In his final season with the team he averaged 6.5 points (on 40 percent shooting) and 1.1 assists in 17.5 minutes per game.
That means, combined, the Lakers’ two most desired free agent point guard options averaged less than five assists per game the last time they played basketball. These are the guys who will step in for Nash until the almost 39-year-old is ready to return?