NBA Free Agency Rumors: Lakers Not Expected To Sign J.R. Smith

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Lakers Not Expected To Sign J.R. Smith
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The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass from free agency and trade. General Manager of the franchise Mitch Kupchak has revealed the plans of adding another point guard or center to the roster. The franchise still has a $2.8 million exception available, although the free agency market has dried up.


One of the star free agents still available is J.R. Smith who opted out of the contract with Eastern Conference champions Cleveland Cavaliers. There were rumors that the Lakers may sign Smith in free agency, but recent updates reveal that LA isn’t interested at all withSmith, according to Los Angeles Daily News. The Lakers already have a crowded backcourt, the reason they didn’t pounce on Smith in free agency.

Lakers have the likes of D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson to start with. Kobe Bryant might switch over to the small forward position. The veteran superstar has recently revealed his confidence in that position.

Smith clinched the sixth man of the NBA award in 2012-13, but the Lakers have more options in their kitty without his inclusion in the roster. Robert Upshaw had a decent outing for the Lakers in Vegas this summer and is likely to get a two year contract.

Though LeBron James wants Smith back in Cavs, the franchise hasn’t finalized any decision on the point guard.