Derek Fisher is getting old and he is an expiring contract, while Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown aren't starting point guards in the NBA, so it's safe to say that the Lakers need a new running mate next to Kobe in the backcourt. Here are my top 3 candidates (in no order) to run the triangle offense in LA.
3. PG Steve Blake - Portland TrailBlazers
If the Lakers want some cap space and a temporary PG upgrade, Steve Blake is their guy. He is an ideal triangle offense PG, a guy who is 6-3 and is a unselfish point-guard, but when needed, he can also hit the open jumper. He and Derek Fisher can split minutes at the point if they aquire him, with Shannon Brown getting spot minutes at PG as well.
Potential trade: Steve Blake for Jordan Farmar, Josh Powell, Sun Yue, and a future pick. With this potential trade, LA would probably need to sign an additional big man (possibly Drew Gooden) while Porltand would probably sign Andre Miller.
2. PG Kirk Hinrich - Chicago Bulls
Kirk Hinrich would be a great long-term option for them. He finally gets a shot at a starting role as a Laker. He is a very versitale defender who can guard both guard positions and he also takes charges similar to Derek Fisher. Hinrich is also a polished spot-up shooter, the top attribute a triangle offense point guard needs to succeed. With him in the lineup, they would be one of the best defensive teams in the NBA.
Potential trade: Kirk Hinrich for Jordan Farmar, Adam Morrison, Josh Powell, and a future pick OR Kirk Hinrich and Tyrus Thomas for Lamar Odom (sign-and-trade), Jordan Farmar, and Josh Powell.
1. PG Jason Terry - Dallas Mavericks
Jason Terry would be a great game-changer for this team. The pull off a deal for a guy like this, they would need to give up Lamar Odom. But if it means getting Jason Terry, I would be happy with the trade. He is a shooting guard in a point guard's body, and players like these usually do well in the triangle. He has great speed and can get out in transistion well. He would be a great pickup for LA if Lamar Odom wanted to leave.
Possible trade: Jason Terry, Kris Humphries, and Shawne Williams for Lamar Odom (sign-and-trade), Jordan Farmar, and Adam Morrison.