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Report: Lakers interested in Josh Smith, can offer more money than other reported suitors

Los Angeles Lakers v Detroit Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, MI - DECEMBER 2: Josh Smith #6 of the Detroit Pistons shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 2, 2014 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Josh Smith, released by the Pistons, has no shortage of suitors.

The Rockets, Mavericks, Clippers, Kings and Heat all reportedly have interest.

Though Houston considers itself the front-runner, one other team also wants in the mix – the Lakers.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders:

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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:

TeamCost to teamExtra 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.