The Los Angeles Lakers are in desperate need of another point guard. How desperate, you ask? On Friday, when they lost to the Portland Trail Blazers, Alex Caruso was the only healthy point guard on their roster and he was played through a right foot contusion. So, yeah: desperate is the right word.
The Lakers are hopeful that they’ll have their two primary ball-handlers, LeBron James and Dennis Schröder, back soon, but in the meantime, they have no shortage of people volunteering their services, and best of all, it’s not just Lakers fans looking for five seconds of game.
After Friday’s game, two-time All-Star and former Laker Isaiah Thomas took to Twitter to make his case for a roster spot.
Man I could help them Lakers boys during this time!!!!— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) May 8, 2021
Then Quinn Cook, who played for the Lakers last season and the first half of this season, replied to Thomas’ tweet and said that he’s also willing to suit up in the purple and gold again.
Man I feel you!! You ain’t the only one big bro!— Quinn Cook (@QCook323) May 8, 2021
As generous as their offers are, the Lakers will likely pass on Cook and Thomas.
For starters, they don’t have an open roster spot. They could open one by waiving one of the players at the end of their bench, like Alfonzo McKinnie or Jared Dudley, but when you consider how much they’ve struggled to get Andre Drummond and Ben McLemore acclimated, that’s probably not going to happen. The Lakers are also a team that prides themselves on the defensive end and Thomas nor Cook offer much in that respect.
Could they provide the Lakers a much-needed spark off of the bench while James, Schröder and Talen Horton-Tucker are out? Sure, but the acrobatics the team would have to do just to make it work at this stage of the season wouldn’t be worth it. Maybe next year, IT and QC.