Lakers Not Looking to Add Point Guard
Once thought to have too many point guards, the Lakers suddenly could use at least one high-quality backup.
They aren’t expected to add any to their holiday shopping list, despite announcing Monday that Steve Blake would require surgery to repair his torn abdominal muscle and miss a minimum of six to eight more weeks, the latest tumultuous turn in a season of upheaval.
There are a few reasons the Lakers will probably go forward with Darius Morris and Chris Duhon, who started the season as third- and fourth-stringers but have become the starter and primary backup. Those reasons include that Steve Nashcould return from a small fracture in his fibula in a week or so, the Lakers already have an NBA-high $100-million payroll and the list of free-agent point guards isn’t a particularly attractive one, with Delonte West, Mike Bibby and Jordan Farmar among the options.
Nash is not expected to return during the Lakers’ three-game trip that starts Tuesday in Houston, though he continues to slowly progress in his recovery. He has resumed running and completed dribbling drills after his teammates practiced Monday.