Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Lakers need Pargo

The news isn't good for the Los Angeles Lakers, who have been waiting to find out how long they'll be without injured point guard Jordan Farmar. Farmar was averaging 7.9 points per game off the bench before suffering a torn meniscus in a recent game against the Miami HEAT. The word is he'll miss up to eight weeks following surgery on the knee.

So now the Lakers are searching for a back-up point guard. Derek Fisher has logged 41 minutes in each of the team's last two outings, but that's a practice that will only lead to an injury to the veteran. Coach Phil Jackson has talked about the need for Sasha Vujacic to handle the ball more, but the results of that little experiment haven't been outstanding so far. The word is that the team is considering seeing what it would take to bring Tyronn Lue over from the Milwaukee Bucks, or perhaps reaching out to former New Orleans Hornets guard Jannero Pargo, currently playing in Moscow.

Of the two, the latter is by far the more appealing possiblity, though admittedly also the more difficult to pull off. Pargo was an invaluable contributor for the Hornets last season, helping them to by far the best season they've had as a franchise. He was a steady playmaker and good defender behind Chris Paul, and could help the Lakers on both ends of the floor.

It would be a complicated process, wading through the paperwork and expense of buying out Pargo's Russian contract, but it might also be an expense that lands the Lakers back in the NBA Finals.

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