Lakers Rumors: L.A. Narrows Search To ‘Five Or Six Candidates’ For Backup PG
Magic-johnson-4
Dann Gilbuena – Lakers Nation

The Los Angeles Lakers are searching for a formidable backup at the point guard position. The team wants to bring in a veteran player that can help mentor rookie Lonzo Ball for at least one season and it appears the search has been narrowed down to only a handful of players.

According to Mark Medina of the OC Register, as many as six players are in contention for the backup point guard position in Los Angeles:

Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson said Wednesday he has narrowed in on “five or six candidates” for the team’s backup point-guard spot. Those candidates also include free agent Ian Clark and Tyler Ennis, sources said.

On Thursday, Derrick Rose emerged as an option for the Lakers with the veteran point guard still unsigned well into the free agency period. Rose played one season with the New York Knicks and had somewhat of a bounce back year posting solid numbers for head coach Jeff Hornacek.

Although Rose played well in New York, the veteran point guard has dealt with injury issues over the last few years as well as some off-the-court trouble which has presumably kept teams from offering more than a one-year deal to the former NBA MVP.

Along with Rose being a candidate for the Lakers, other notable names like Ian Clark, Tyler Ennis, Isaiah Canaan, Rodney Stuckey and Jordan Farmar have all been linked to the team recently.

Ennis, who was solid for the Lakers after being traded to Los Angeles by the Houston Rockets, was thought to have the edge in signing with the team but it appears Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are looking for a veteran presence making his return uncertain.

You May Also Like

Lakers Summer League: Shareef O’Neal Appreciative Of Opportunity To Learn & Get Reps

The Los Angeles Lakers have endured a bumpy start in the Las Vegas Summer League, dropping their first two games…

Growing Up With Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher: A Fan’s Reflective Essay Part II

Part I: https://lakersnation.com/growing-up-with-kobe-bryant-and-derek-fisher-a-fans-reflective-essay/2012/05/16/ “The central reason most smart people (and certainly most critics)…

Lakers Nation Sound-Off: The Willful Lakers

Author: Eric Dominguez Subject: The Willful Lakers This year has been an…

Lakers News: Anthony Davis Discusses ‘Great Rehab’ That Helped Get Body ‘Fully Right’ After MCL Injury

Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis has finally returned to play after missing over a month with a sprained MCL…