Jose Calderon on Lakers wish list but team may settle for Delonte West
The Los Angeles Lakers would reportedly love to sign Toronto Raptors backup point guard Jose Calderon but the team is also considering the "pros and cons" of adding free agent point guard Delonte West to their roster, according to tweets from Marc Stein of ESPN.
The Lakers, very much in a state of flux right now, are clearly concerned about their lack of depth in the backcourt. Steve Nash and Steve Blake are still out while they rehab injuries and the team has lost five of their last six games so far in December. Their most recent loss showed the glaring issues the team has had with defending top-tier point guards this season, as Cleveland Cavaliers point Kyrie Irving returned from injury to post 28 points and 11 assists in a win at home against the Lakers last night.
The Raptors are reluctant to trade Calderon to the Lakers because the team feels like they wouldn't get back enough in return. Reports last week said the Raptors have been interested in trading for Gasol, who played with Calderon on the Spanish national team, but the Lakers want to give Nash a chance to play with Gasol before any major changes are made to the roster. News today of Raptors starting point guard Kyle Lowry being out indefinitely with a triceps injury probably makes the team even more reluctant to explore trades involving Calderon right now.
Though not confirmed, Stein speculates that the Lakers are also likely considering the services of either Mike James or Jonny Flynn.
West would no doubt provide a spark off the bench for the Lakers. But, the oft-troubled is coming off a turbulent preseason in which he was suspended by the Dallas Mavericks twice over the course of two weeks for conduct detrimental to the team and team owner Mark Cuban ultimately decided to waive him. West signed with the Mavericks last year and averaged 9.6 points per game last season.
The latest report from Stein is that Jannero Pargo, who started last season for the Washington Wizards, is also being considered by the Lakers. Free agent veteran point guard Mike Bibby is also looking for work, but the Lakers are reportedly not interested.