The Lakers have dropped six straight games after hovering around the .500 mark for much of the season. With nine of their next 13 games set to take place outside of Los Angeles, the club is going to have a hard time clawing their way back up in the Pacific Division. Here’s the latest on the Lakers:
- New broke today that Jordan Farmar will miss at least four weeks with a torn hamstring. With Steve Blake and Steve Nash sidelined, this means that the recently signed Kendall Marshall will be the only healthy point guard on the team, as Mike Trudell of Lakers.com points out via Twitter.
- Offseason acquisition Nick Young has been a bright spot for the Lakers this season, and Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times notes that despite his sometimes questionable shot selection, the veteran guard has far exceeded expectations.
- Pau Gasol is being affected by the trade rumors implicating him in a potential swap with Andrew Bynum, reports J.A. Adande of ESPN.com. Adande passes along several remarks made by Gasol indicating that the big man would like to stay in Los Angeles: “It’s kind of out of my control. I’d like to continue to be here. It’s been my home for the good and the bad and everything else… We’re struggling right now, and that doesn’t help.”
- This morning we heard that the outcome of Kyrie Irving‘s MRI would impact the chances of a potential Gasol/Bynum swap. I’d imagine Farmar’s injury could play a role on the Lakers’ side of the possible deal, but there’s no word yet on just how much it will affect the reported discussion.