NBA Rumors: Lakers signing J.R. Smith, ready to waive Nick Young’s contract?

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NBA Rumors: Lakers signing J.R. Smith, ready to waive Nick Young’s contract?

Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Los Angeles Lakers, who is reportedly pursuing Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith, who is currently a free agent.

The Los Angeles Lakers are currently undergoing a rebuilding process and this includes a huge adjustment in their roster. The Lakers made their first move in the recent NBA draft and free agency in filling up their needs to create a competitive roster next season.

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The Lakers re-signed Jordan Clarkson to a four-year deal worth $50 million, who could possibly be their starting shooting guard next season. However, it is undeniable that Clarkson still needs to improve his shooting skills, especially in the three-point range to be more suitable for the role.

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Meanwhile, the 30-year-old shooting guard J.R. Smith is a free agent until now. Though everyone is expecting that the Cavaliers will re-sign him, there has been no specific details regarding how the negotiation is going on. There are speculations that J.R. Smith is demanding a salary worth $15 million, but the Cavaliers are still questionable to give such amount.

Timofey Mozgov and Matthew Delladova left the Cleveland Cavaliers after receiving a higher offer from other NBA teams. If the Cavaliers can’t give a decent offer to J.R. Smith, there will surely be several NBA teams who will be interested in acquiring him, including the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Eric Pincus of Basketball Insider revealed that the Lakers have ‘unnamed trade targets’ in mind. However, they are also eyeing for a Calderon-like deal, even targeting free agents who are currently available in the market.

“The team has held off on signing Tarik Black, Marcelo Huertas and second-overall pick Brandon Ingram, keeping an eye on what could be $13.6 million in cap room (assuming the team also waives and stretched Nick Young).”

“The Lakers do have an unnamed trade target in mind, but are also preserving space for another opportunistic Calderon-like deal.” Pincus wrote.

There were past rumors that the Lakers were forced to trade for Nick Young but no team had shown any interest. If the Lakers are serious in pursuing J.R. Smith, they might consider waiving the Young’s contract. Smith will definitely be a great addition to the Lakers roster.

The Lakes are desperately in need of an accurate shooter and Smith has proven that he is very suitable for the role. If the Cavaliers cannot give what Smith demands, there is a possibility that he will follow Mozgov and Dellavedova’s footsteps.

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  • IamLAKERSFAN

    Anything that will force Nick Young out of the team will be the best move.. LOL

    • Unknown

      He’ll be gone..

  • 1 time man

    Idk, I don’t think he would come here and we’re definitely not giving him 15m per if we plan on trying to sign RW or DC in the next two years. It would tie up salary at that time making it impossible to pursue them at all. Also where would he play?

    Russell/Calderon/Huertas
    Clarkson/Lou/Brown
    Deng/Ingram
    Randle/Nance
    Mozgov/Zubac/Black

    I don’t think he would come here to be a 3rd stringer and I guess you could move Deng over to PF but then the Platoon of Nance and Randle wont work. I think we should stay away, definitely trade Young or waive him, sign 2 vets for the PF spot and the SF spot. wouldn’t mind having Metta play 1 more year and also wouldn’t mind if we tried to sign Auguste to a 1 year deal, both guys wouldn’t play much at all in the season but could be valuable in other ways. Metta brings defense that he could continue to help teach the young guys and Auguste could be another Bass if he starts finishing at rim, definitely like the hustle from the kid and if he can get better at handling, defense, and finishing he could be a beast.

    • napoleon

      I think this move actually makes quite a bit of sense for the Lakers, and is probably part of a plan to get both Westbrook and Cousins next summer. Signing JR would make the Cavs more willing to trade for Young, which would means there won’t be 2.22m in dead money on the Lakers over the next 5 years when they inevitably waive/stretch his contract. Clarkson and Lou are both undersized SG’s on a team that desperately needs to get better defensively. While Lou’s contract is more attractive at 7m, JRs size and versatility are a better fit for the system Luke wants to bring as he can be a combo guard/forward. I love Ingram’s potential, but he needs a year on the bench to learn and get stronger. JR would be to get Cousins ultimately. Kings would want Ingram and Russell for Cousins now, and Lakers don’t want to give up either. However after a year of knowing Boogie is unhappy and with him being on last year of his contract (next summer), they would probably consider Randle/JR/Black/Williams(if still there) and future picks (2 2nd rounders they got for Calderon). Basically, would be trading Randle for Boogie without mortgaging much, especially since I think Nance will turn out to be a better player than Randle. Lakers get Boogie to add to Russell, Clarkson, Ingram, Nance and Zubac, would be more enticing for Westbrook to sign on board. Good gamble to me.

  • Ara from LA

    I don’t understand where the Lakers heads are at with this type of signing. As a stand alone transaction, it makes absolutely no sense as the Lakers are not in a “win now” state and need to continue to develop the young core in Clarkson, Russell, Nance, Ingram and Randle. Smith would be a cancer to this group and take good minutes away from most of these players, namely Clarkson and Ingram. However, if this is a move that is the beginning of something bigger like bringing in Westbrook or Cousins, then it may be worth looking at. Smith, as we’ve seen throughout his career, is a good role player on a very good contending team with solid veteran leadership. But if he’s being counted on to be a top scoring threat on a very young team lacking veterans, he can be cancerous and not someone I would pay $15 million a year for. Hopefully the Lakers know what on earth they are thinking here with this.

    • napoleon

      I think this move actually makes quite a bit of sense for the Lakers, and is probably part of a plan to get both Westbrook and Cousins next summer. Signing JR would make the Cavs more willing to trade for Young, which would means there won’t be 2.22m in dead money on the Lakers over the next 5 years when they inevitably waive/stretch his contract. Clarkson and Lou are both undersized SG’s on a team that desperately needs to get better defensively. While Lou’s contract is more attractive at 7m, JRs size and versatility are a better fit for the system Luke wants to bring as he can be a combo guard/forward. I love Ingram’s potential, but he needs a year on the bench to learn and get stronger. JR would be to get Cousins ultimately. Kings would want Ingram and Russell for Cousins now, and Lakers don’t want to give up either. However after a year of knowing Boogie is unhappy and with him being on last year of his contract (next summer), they would probably consider Randle/JR/Black/Williams(if still there) and future picks (2 2nd rounders they got for Calderon). Basically, would be trading Randle for Boogie without mortgaging much, especially since I think Nance will turn out to be a better player than Randle. Lakers get Boogie to add to Russell, Clarkson, Ingram, Nance and Zubac, would be more enticing for Westbrook to sign on board.

  • IamLAKERSFAN

    JR Smith is the type of player that we dont have.. admit it.. we need an accurate shooter.. Clarkson is still developing