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Credit: SI.com
Credit: SI.com

Current Rotation:

Steve Nash, Steve Blake.

Need:

Steve Nash and Steve Blake both missed considerable time last season, and neither one of them is getting any younger. The Lakers need a 3rd point guard, maybe a combo guard for small lineups, preferably a more athletic scoring guard.

Options:

Aaron Brooks

The Rockets waived Brooks to clear cap space to sign Dwight Howard. He made 2.5 million last season, and is a quick guard able to attack the rim and score. He’s still young, and averaged nearly 20 points a game just a few years ago. He could flourish under Mike D’Antoni, and may be had for the mini-mle.

Leandro Barbosa

The Lakers flirted with Nash’s former backup last season, before he ultimately signed for the minimum with Toronto. Now, with D’Antoni in the fold, Barbosa may wish to return to play for the coach he had the most success under. Barbosa is coming off of surgery, but if he is healthy, he’s a solid option. Can play either guard spot, should be affordable.

Daniel Gibson

Can get hot from 3, knows how to play with ball dominant stars. Should be cheap. Inconsistent.

Gary Neal

Clearly the best of this group. Neal is probably too expensive, but if the Lakers can get him, it would be huge. Capable of filling the box (24 points in Game 3 of this year’s NBA finals), and leading a bench unit.

Nate Robinson

Because of his size, he’s been relegated to minimum deals for the past few years. Could be a nice change of pace scorer for the Lakers in a role similar to Jamal Crawford’s with the Clippers. He’s an explosive athlete, which the Lakers lack.

Beno Udrith

Solid floor leader. Good shooter. May be a bit redundant with Blake on the roster.

My recommendation:

Aaron Brooks (If Gary Neal is too expensive).