Sunday, May 27, 2012

Point guard options for the Lakers

Despite the Lakers organization making the bold mid season move to ditch Fisher for essentially a quicker point guard, the playoffs showed a much different side of Sessions that has left the familiar void at the one for off season targeting.

Will Mitch look to trade for a stronger point guard to better compliment his team or will he just pick up Session's $4.5 million option and hope for the best?

I think the main consensus for Laker fans is that the Lakers look to fill the point guard position rather than bulking up the frontcourt. 

Here is a list of all available point guards that will either be restricted/unrestricted free agents or have options in the off season (bullets for top 15):
  1. Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets - Player Option $17.8 million
  2. Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns – Unrestricted Free Agent
  3. Aaron Brooks, Phoenix Suns – Restricted Free Agent $3.0 million Qualifying Offer
    • From the past two off seasons Brooks has been favored by many Laker fans 
  4. Raymond Felton, Portland Trail Blazers – Unrestricted Free Agent
  5. Kirk Hinrich, Atlanta Hawks – Unrestricted Free Agent
  6. Jason Kidd, Dallas Mavericks – Unrestricted Free Agent
  7. Andre Miller, Denver Nuggets – Unrestricted Free Agent
  8. Chauncey Billups, L.A. Clippers – Unrestricted Free Agent
    • Even with the successful Achilles tendon surgery, is Billups injury prone now?
  9. Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic – Player Option $7.8 million
  10. D.J. Augustin, Charlotte Bobcats – Restricted Free Agent $4.4 million Qualifying Offer
  11. Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks – Unrestricted Free Agent
    • Terry hates the Lakers so he'll never be one (personal opinion)
  12. George Hill, Indiana Pacers – Restricted Free Agent $3.1 million Qualifying Offer
    • Providing the fact that Hill grew up in Indiana and loves it there, he will most likely stay a Pacer
  13. Jordan Farmar, Brooklyn Nets – Player Option $4.3 million
    • Ain't going to happen. Farmar was already a Laker and he's not looking back. Now as for Lamar? That's a different story
  14. Leandro Barbosa, Indiana Pacers – Unrestricted Free Agent
    • Two off season's ago perhaps but certainly not now
  15. Goran Dragic, Houston Rockets – Unrestricted Free Agent
  16. Jerryd Bayless, Toronto Raptors – Restricted Free Agent $4.2 million Qualifying Offer
  17. Derek Fisher, Oklahoma City Thunder – Unrestricted Free Agent
  18. Randy Foye, L.A. Clippers – Unrestricted Free Agent
  19. Mo Williams, L.A. Clippers – Player Option $8.5 million
  20. Jonny Flynn, Portland Trail Blazers – Unrestricted Free Agent
  21. Keyon Dooling, Boston Celtics – Unrestricted Free Agent
  22. Ishmael Smith, Orlando Magic – Unrestricted Free Agent
  23. Ramon Sessions, L.A. Lakers – $4.3 million – Player Option $4.6 million
  24. Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks – Unrestricted Free Agent
  25. Sundiata Gaines, Brooklyn Nets – Unrestricted Free Agent
  26. A.J. Price, Indiana Pacers – Unrestricted Free Agent
  27. Baron Davis, New York Knicks – Unrestricted Free Agent
  28. Royal Ivey, Oklahoma City Thunder – Unrestricted Free Agent
  29. John Lucas, Chicago Bulls – Unrestricted Free Agent
  30. Gilbert Arenas, Memphis Grizzlies – Unrestricted Free Agent
  31. Jannero Pargo, Atlanta Hawks – Unrestricted Free Agent
  32. Delonte West, Dallas Mavericks – Unrestricted Free Agent
  33. Walker Russell, Jr., Detroit Pistons – Unrestricted Free Agent
  34. Darius Morris, L.A. Lakers – Unrestricted Free Agent
  35. Terrell Harris, Miami Heat – Unrestricted Free Agent
  36. Carldell Johnson, New Orleans Hornets – Unrestricted Free Agent
  37. DeAndre Liggins, Orlando Magic – Unrestricted Free Agent
  38. Ronnie Price, Phoenix Suns – Unrestricted Free Agent
  39. T.J. Ford, Golden State Warriors – Unrestricted Free Agent
  40. Anthony Carter, Toronto Raptors – Unrestricted Free Agent
  41. Roger Mason, Washington Wizards – Unrestricted Free Agent
  42. Jamaal Tinsley, Utah Jazz – Team Option $1.3 million
  43. Donald Sloan, Cleveland Cavaliers – Unrestricted Free Agent
  44. Manny Harris, Cleveland Cavaliers – Unrestricted Free Agent
  45. Patty Mills, San Antonio Spurs – Unrestricted Free Agent
  46. Courtney Fortson, Houston Rockets – Unrestricted Free Agent
  47. Mike James, Chicago Bulls – Unrestricted Free Agent
  48. Jerome Dyson, New Orleans Hornets – Unrestricted Free Agent
  49. Ben Uzoh, Toronto Raptors – Unrestricted Free Agent
  50. Armon Johnson, Brooklyn Nets – Unrestricted Free Agent
  51. Earl Boykins, Houston Rockets – Unrestricted Free Agent
  52. Blake Ahearn, Utah Jazz – Unrestricted Free Agent
Sources: HoopsHype.com, HoopsWorld.com.

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