Los Angeles acquired Ramon Sessions from Cleveland filling the most glaring need on its roster.
After the deal was called off, Paul was dealt to the Clippers and the Lakers were forced to start Derek Fisher at point.
In his 15th season, Fisher is shooting just 38.3 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from three point range, averaging 5.9 points and 3.3 assists.
Despite the low assist rate from its starting point guard, the Lakers rank 11th in the league in assists per game, dishing out 21.4 per game. No single player posting five assists a night.
In four of his five seasons, Sessions has averaged at least five assists per game even though he has only started 89 of 300 career appearances.
Not only is he an excellent distributor, but Sessions is connecting on 41.9 percent of his attempts from three-point range and should see plenty of open opportunities as defenses key in on Kobe Bryant, the leading scorer in the league.
Los Angeles also received small forward Christian Eyenga.
Cleveland is stockpiling future draft picks, with Sacramento’s first round pick this season along with the one received from the Lakers.
Irving is averaging 18.5 points and 5.4 assists per game as Cleveland is making an unexpected playoff push during a rebuilding season.
Sessions was the top backup to Irving and led the team with 212 assists in 41 games.