Los Angeles Lakers: 5 non-star point guards to target in free agency

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In today’s NBA, the point guard position is arguably the most important one. It’s a spot the Los Angeles Lakers must adequately fill if they hope to seriously contend for the NBA championship next season

If/when the Anthony Davis trade goes through, the Los Angeles Lakers could only have three players officially on their roster: Davis, LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma. That would make for one hell of a frontcourt, but it leaves the backcourt conspicuously empty.

As LeBron gets closer to the end of his prime, it’s of vital importance for the team to preserve what’s left of it. That means alleviating some of his responsibilities as the team’s main ball-handler and initiator.

To do that, the Lakers must acquire a solid point guard this summer. There’s been a lot of talk of the team being interested in Kyrie Irving or Kemba Walker and the feeling possibly being somewhat mutual, but those guys would likely require a max contract, which would leave little or no cap space to fill out the rest of the team.

That means it may be prudent to use their cap space on a few different players so that they can possess the depth it takes to win. As the Toronto Raptors showed us just a few weeks ago, sacrificing an extra superstar for great depth can take you far and even win you a world championship.

What non-elite point guards should the Lakers target to make themselves the frontrunners for next year’s NBA championship? Here are five Los Angeles should consider signing.