Report: Lakers interested in Josh Smith, can offer more money than other reported suitors
Josh Smith, released by the Pistons, has no shortage of suitors.
Though Houston considers itself the front-runner, one other team also wants in the mix – the Lakers.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders:
Josh Smith should become an unrestricted free agent at 5pm EST today - however sources close to him say a decision on next team could linger— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) December 24, 2014
Houston, Dallas, Miami, Lakers and Kings are all very much in the game on Smith - all offering things that interest Smith.— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) December 24, 2014
.@BlameDraymond: Clippers in there? ---> were not mentioned by source, but that doesn't mean anything.— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) December 24, 2014
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Even if Miami gets a disabled-player exception for Josh McRoberts, whom the Heat said is probably out for the season, they couldn’t offer as much as the Lakers, who are armed with Steve Nash’s disabled-player exception.
Here’s how much each team could offer Smith for the rest of the season – both in terms of cost to the team and money toward Smith after the Pistons set off a portion of his new salary – if he signs tonight:
|Team||Cost to team||Extra money for Smith|
The Lakers have the worst record among those teams, so their best pitch is financial – unless Smith appreciates the comedic potential of him joining a team that already features Kobe Bryant, Nick Young and Carlos Boozer.