Reporter links Delonte West to the Lakers

The Lakers are in a form of free fall, losing their third straight game Tuesday night to the Cleveland Cavaliers. As they wait for Pau Gasol (knees) and Steve Nash (leg), is there anything to be done to stanch the bleeding?

According to the Twitter timeline of Marc Stein of, the Lakers are “weighing the pros and cons of creating [a] roster spot to sign Delonte West.”

Stein notes that West is “at the top of the Lakers’ list,” but that he’s heard the Lakers will “indeed look around.”

West recently was waived by the Dallas Mavericks after a number of team conduct violations.

Stein also lists Mike James and Jonny Flynn as possibilities, although those names appear to be speculative.

If the Lakers were to add a free agent, a player would need to be cut first. The team isn’t pleased with the development of Devin Ebanks, who was arrested last month on suspicion of DUI.

Ebanks has a guaranteed salary, but rookies Robert Sacre and Darius Johnson-Odom do not. The Lakers would prefer to make a trade to open a roster spot, but given how poorly the team has fared recently, perhaps an emergency move will be made to hold the team over for Nash’s return.

— Eric Pincus