Lakers Rumors: Would Raymond Felton Work in Los Angeles?

Coming off of yesterday’s impressive victory over the Miami Heat, the Los Angeles Lakers currently sit fourth in the Western Conference with a 23-14 record.  Despite their current standing, the Lakers are widely rumored to be active in the trade market as they seek to improve the team for another deep playoff run in 2012.

Although the Lakers have been mentioned as a potential destination for superstar center Dwight Howard, the Lakers' main focus appears to be upgrading the point guard platoon of Derek Fisher and Steve Blake.  One name that has been increasingly mentioned as a potential target for the Lakers is Portland Trail Blazers' point guard Raymond Felton.

Before exploring the possibility of acquiring Raymond Felton, let's take a look at why the Lakers are in the market for a point guard. 

Starting point guard Derek Fisher has started each of the Lakers 37 games this season and has done little to warrant a continued presence in the starting lineup.  Fisher’s PER (player efficiency rating) of 8.5 is one of the worst in the league for a starting point guard.

Playing 25.3 minutes a game, Fisher is averaging 5.5 points per game and 3.4 assists.  Making matters worse for the Lakers is the fact that Fisher is having one of the worst shooting years of his career—Fisher is shooting 38.3 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from behind the three-point line.

Backup point guard Steve Blake plays a similar amount of time compared to Fisher, 24.9 minutes per game, and has proven this season to be only a slight improvement to Fisher.  After a poor debut as a Laker in the 2010-11 season, Blake has been better this season, but not by much. 

Similar to Fisher’s struggles, Blake is having a poor shooting year, Blake is only shooting 38.5 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from three-point range.  If Blake qualified as a starti...

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