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.

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.