The team survived the first 19 games of the season without
Now Bryant is down with a knee injury that will knock him out for six more weeks.
Not only is Bryant out but so is
Perhaps it's time the Lakers added another point guard, at least until reinforcements are available?
"We'll talk with" General Manager
But then the Lakers coach admitted the Lakers might have to pick up a point guard.
"That's probably the next step," he said.
Kupchak was late arriving to the team's practice facility in El Segundo on the heels of the Bryant injury.
He acknowledged the Lakers have a situation, but he and his staff hadn't had the opportunity to sit down and discuss the options.
Teams cannot sign 10-day contracts with free agents until Jan. 6.
Instead, the Lakers can sign a player to to their open roster spot on a non-guaranteed contract.
"That's what you [probably] do," said Kupchak. "It's actually more flexibility" than a 10-day contract.
The Lakers would have until Jan. 10 to waive any non-guaranteed players before their salaries locked in for the remainder of the season.
Other possible targets could be Jamaal Tinsley,
The Lakers can also look to trade for a point guard under contract with another franchise, although the team might prefer to wait for Farmar to return before doing anything drastic.