All is going hunky-dory for the Los Angeles Lakers right now as they improved to 29-7 for the season after beating the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.
Although the Lakers will be satisfied with the type of season they are having, they will not be ignorant of the fact that they have stiff competition for the title this season. Starting with the Milwaukee Bucks, the leaders of the East, to the out-of-box Miami Heat, all teams have been doing pretty fine this season.
With such intense competition in mind, the Lakers don't want to take any chance of leaving a gap in their roster. The Lakers' management knows that they have the best chance of winning the title this year, and hence are dealing with the trade deadline assiduously to fill the holes in the roster.
One such gaping hole which the Lakers have communicated recently is for a backup point guard. They need somebody who can assist Lebron James in terms of scoring and playmaking. Currently, they have Rajon Rondo doing the same role, but the Lakers won't mind an upgrade over the veteran point guard.
With that in mind, we are listing out three best point guard options for the Los Angeles Lakers to go after before the trade deadline.
#3 DJ Augustin
It was reported by Sean Deveney of heavy two days ago that the Lakers have also shown interest in Orlando Magic's guard DJ Augustin.
The Lakers want to keep all their options open, and the veteran might be well on the list of the guards they have shortlisted. DJ, who is in the last year of his contract, is averaging 10.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 4.8 dishes per game for the Orlando Magic this season. He is shooting at a rate of 33.9% from the three-point line, which is an essential consideration for the Los Angeles lakers.
The Lakers need an upgrade of Rajon Rondo, and DJ's shooting and playmaking abilities make him one of the best options available.
#2 Dennis Schroder
The Oklahoma City Thunder might have been on fire lately, but that does not defy their long-term plans. They have been cleary about rebuilding their franchise from scratch, and as a result of which, they have made almost everyone (except Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) available for trade. This list also includes the franchise's recognized center, Steven Adams and guard, Dennis Schroder.
Schroder can be a suitable target for the Los Angles Lakers as he can be an ideal backup for Lebron James. Schroder can shoot, make plays, and hustle on the defense. He is averaging 18.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists this season, shooting at a rate of 47% from the field and 35.6% from the three-point line.
The Lakers will need to give up a young asset, and a few draft picks to acquire Schroder, but it will be worth it. He will be the perfect piece to the final puzzle for the Lakers.
#1 Darren Collison
Darren Collison shook the NBA when he decided to retire at the age of 32 last year. He cited religious and personal reasons for his moving away from the game he loves.
Below is what Collison said during the time he was retiring:
“While I still love basketball, I know there is something more important, which is my family and my faith”
But in the latest buzz surrounding him, Collison has decided to come back again to the NBA. He has shown interest in either joining with the Los Angeles Lakers or the Los Angeles Clippers.
With Los Angeles Lakers in dire need of a backup point guard to support them in the playoffs, they have been very active in the pursual of Collison.
If Collison decided to join the Lakers, he would give an additional boost to the team's roster. In his last season with the Indiana Pacers, Collison was averaging 11.6 points and six dishes a game, shooting 40.7% from the three-point line. His capability to knock down the treys makes him a perfect option for the Lakers.