Rumors began to circulate when Steve Nash was sidelined with a back injury last Sunday, with some reports claiming that the Lakers would soon be looking to acquire another point guard.
However, according to Mark Medina of Inside SoCal, Mitch Kupchak says that the team isn’t actively searching for a replacement guard:
[pullquote]The Lakers have penciled him out for at least two weeks, though that timeline could extend longer once the team reevaluates Nash in about 10 days. Considering that backdrop, would the Lakers look to add another point guard?
“Not right now,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in an interview with this newspaper. “We have three capable point guards.”
Kupchak was referring to Lakers guards Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar, whom combined for 18 assists in the Lakers’ 116-95 victory Tuesday over the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center. They have both averaged about 10 points and five assists. Meanwhile, Nash has averaged only 6.7 points on 26 percent shooting and 4.8 assists, while also sitting out of the Lakers’ tail end of two back-to-back games.
“I’d like to have three again,” Kupchak said, referring to his point guards. “But with Steve being out these two weeks, I think we’re fine at that position.”[/pullquote]
Seeing as the Lakers already have Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake, coupled with the fact that the team currently has an NBA-maximum of 15 players on their roster, it’s no surprise to hear this news from Kupcack, especially as the Lakers are banking on Nash returning to the lineup at some point down the line.
Kupchak told Medina that the possibility of retirement “didn’t come up” as he expects Nash to be “back playing”.
The Canadian point guard was pulled from the action during Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He received an epidural block on Tuesday and is expected to miss at least two weeks of action.