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

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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:

Team Cost to team Extra money for Smith
Lakers $4,850,500 $2,833,491
Heat $2,652,500 $1,734,491
Rockets $2,077,000 $1,446,741
Mavericks $608,367 $889,651
Clippers $608,367 $889,651
Kings $608,367 $889,651

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.