Cavs rumors: J.R. Smith potentially going to Lakers would be logical

Tanya Simon
June 26, 2019

In those games, Smith only averaged 6.7 points and had an effective field goal clip of just 41.8% (per Basketball Reference). Sports. Smith's strength is primarily as a perimeter player who could help the Lakers spread the floor and take some attention off of James and Davis when they're working in the paint. But theatrics aside, there seems to be real interest in a reunion between the 2015 No. 2 overall pick and the team who drafted him.

Nets free agent guard D'Angelo Russell is being courted by several teams, the Lakers among them.

Now, it looks like he'll be traded in the near future.

The Los Angeles Lakers now have a roster consisting of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma and three players the team is openly trying to offload for cap space.

Smith has always been rumored to be on the trade block, but if the Cavaliers can't move him he's expected to be released.

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Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports said Tuesday, "When he's waived, it is my belief he will end up with the Lakers".

According to one report, teams called Cleveland offering a first-round pick for Smith during the 2019 National Basketball Association draft last week.

Carmelo Anthony just finished up a season in which he lasted less than a month with the Houston Rockets before the team made a decision to part ways, then was traded to the Chicago Bulls where he was soon waived. As you probably remember, Smith completely blew Game 1 as he dribbled the ball out thinking the Cavs had the lead.

Los Angeles agreed to trade away some of its young assets to acquire Anthony Davis, and some of its other players were on the end of expiring contracts.

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