Lakers Had Interest in Acquiring Allen Iverson

These days, the Los Angeles Lakers are out on the corner, selling their interest for a nickel.

Every couple of days, there seems to be another rumor floating around the World Wide Web about some has-been that the Lakers are showing interest in in hopes of alleviating their pains at the point guard position.

Now, this…

From Stephen A. Smith of ESPN: "Allen Iverson, who sources indicated the Lakers had some interest in as long as he was willing to go to the NBA Developmental League for a few weeks first, is not the answer. He's simply not a point guard. The Lakers are also said to be interested in former Toronto Raptors point guard Rafer Alston, who helped the Orlando Magic reach the NBA Finals in 2009. But who knows if that will materialize into anything?"

I can't imagine a situation where Iverson or Alston would be better options than what the Lakers currently have on their roster.

With Iverson at point guard, the Lakers would have more ballhogs than they would know what to do with. Throughout this season, Kobe Bryant's inability to consistently be a passer has hindered the Lakers' ability to maintain their leads and breakdown opposing leads. Are there really enough possessions in one 66-game season for a two-ballhog offense? I'm thinking not.

As for Alston, the end result wouldn't be any better. Regardless of how helpful he was in getting the Magic to the Finals only three years ago, the veteran point guard is well past his prime. Not only has he lost a step or five, but he doesn't have the facilitating/scoring capabilities that he did at the height of his NBA career. Sound anything like a certain point guard already in the Lakers' lineup? At least the one they already have has a few rings to show for his efforts.

Instead of wasting their time worrying about these two old-timers, the Lakers need to focus their attention on someone who will actually make a difference. Rumors have gone around that they're interested in free agent Gilbert Arenas. They've also considered making a trade for Cleveland Cavaliers' Ramon Sessions. Even Toronto Raptors' Jose Calderon is an option. All three of those routes should be explored heavily before Iverson or Alston come into the picture.

Here's to hoping that Jim Buss pulls his head out and makes a smart move (with an emphasis on the smart part) before time runs out and the Lakers' season is over in late April.

Gil Alcaraz IV is a Los Angeles native and long-time Lakers follower. For more Lakers coverage, follow him on Twitter.

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Updated Sunday, Feb 12, 2012