The Los Angeles Lakers have become more than desperate for a healthy point guard on their roster. They went from starting the year three deep with Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar to having all three go down with multiple injuries and end up without a healthy point guard on their depth chart. This has resulted in Kobe Bryant playing point guard in two out of three games since his return from the Achilles injury he suffered on April 12 of this year. It is going to be quite some time before any of the three guards are 100-percent healthy, Nash may never be, which has caused the Lakers to make some phone calls inquiring about possible trade scenarios.
Insert New York Knicks‘ guard Iman Shumpert.
Shumpert is not a current point guard by trade but has played the one guard for Lakers current head Coach Mike D’Antoni during the 2011-12 NBA season; it wasn’t pretty. The Lakers are in rebuild mode and Shumpert is an intriguing long-term option being only 23 years old but he’s unlikely to help to Lakers immediately in a full-time point guard role. There is little to no chance the Lakers can turn their current roster into something that is able to make a deep playoff run and are much better off looking into the future and acquiring a player with Shumpert’s long-term upside over a player to fill their immediate point guard woes. He offers assets on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court and could easily develop into one of the premier wings in the league under Bryant’s tutelage. Shumpert’s high motor would also be an immediate value in D’Antoni’s up-tempo system. The most desirable trade option the Lakers have to offer would be Pau Gasol and in that case Shumpert may be bundled in a trade with center Tyson Chandler.
Until either side pulls the trigger, let the trade winds swirl.
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