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NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers exploring ‘other options’ to fill void left by Lonzo Ball

Dunk Wire logo Dunk Wire 1/23/2019 Christian Rivas
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The Los Angeles Lakers need help at the point guard position and they're apparently willing to look outside of their current roster to get help.

According to Lakers head coach Luke Walton, team president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka are exploring "other options and possibilities" to fill the void left by Lonzo Ball at the point guard position.

"I love our team," Walton told reporters on Monday. "I know Rob and Magic are working, looking for other options and possibilities. What that is, I don't know, and if we don't do anything that's fine too. We go out there with our guys that have been here working their tails off for us all year long."

But what exactly does that mean?

The Lakers could look to add a third string point guard through free agency, but the options that are still on the market aren't going to move the needle for them a ton. That would also involve them waiving someone on the roster, which they're reportedly not super keen on doing.

Another other option would be to add a third string point guard via trade, but that would involve them trading away a key rotation player or a player on a rookie contract for someone that will see little-to-no playing time once Ball returns.

The most likely - and arguably best - scenario for them going forward would be trying to snag a point guard in a bigger trade at the deadline. For example, trading Lance Stephenson for DJ Augustin wouldn't make much sense for the Lakers, but trading for Terrence Ross and getting Augustin as part of that package might.

That being said, a change might not even be necessary. The Lakers have enough playmaking on their roster between Rajon Rondo, who is expected to return on Thursday, and LeBron James to survive this stretch of games without Ball.

Could they do something? Anything is possible, but right now it's not absolutely necessary for them to do so. Hopefully it doesn't get to that point.


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