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Lakers Rumors: Latest Rumblings from LA on Roscoe Smith and More

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Lakers Rumors: Latest Rumblings from LA on Roscoe Smith and More

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Few teams in the NBA have suffered in the injury department as much as the Los Angeles Lakers in the early going of the 2014-15 season, and the front office has kept its eyes peeled for potential personnel moves as a result.

The team has brought in a number of potential targets for workouts recently, although there may not be a corresponding move in the near future.

With that in mind, here is a look at some of the latest rumblings from Los Angeles.

Roscoe Smith 

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Shams Charania of RealGM noted that the Lakers could bring Roscoe Smith into the fold:

Smith actually signed with Los Angeles for training camp and participated in seven preseason games. The team elected to retain his D-League rights, and he thrived in the early going with the D-Fenders and averaged 18.3 points a game in the first three contests.

General manager Mitch Kupchak commented on Smith during the preseason and sang his praises, via Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal: “We like Roscoe. He’s lively. He’s a good rebounder and he runs the floor well. He’s picked it up in the last two weeks.”

It’s no wonder the team retained those D-League rights.

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Smith played at Connecticut for the first two years of his college career and then transferred to UNLV. His one season in Las Vegas was his best, as he averaged 11.1 points and 10.9 rebounds a game as a stretch forward and was a double-double threat every time he stepped on the floor.

The 6’8” wingman is versatile, athletic and lengthy, so the Lakers could probably make room for him as a potential perimeter defender. Entering Sunday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets, the Lakers were 30th in the league in points allowed per game and need more options on that end of the floor. 

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Perhaps Smith could be an answer.

Personnel Moves on Hold? 

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David Pick of Eurobasket noted that the team may not be bringing in anyone soon, regardless of the workouts with Smith and others:

In addition to Smith, Gal Mekel, Jordan Hamilton, Dwight Buycks, Quincy Miller and Tyrus Thomas were all called in for recent looks. Such is life on a team that has been ravaged by injuries.

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There are two different ways you can look at this. On the one hand, Steve Nash and Julius Randle are both out for the season, and Ryan Kelly is out for a significant amount of time with a hamstring issue. The Lakers need healthy bodies for depth purposes, which could potentially come from these recent workouts.

However, Los Angeles is not exactly competing for a playoff spot this season, so there is not as much urgency to make a move just to add a rotation player as there would be in a normal season. 

Technically, the Lakers would be better off losing this season anyway to keep their first-round draft pick (the only way to keep it is if it falls in the top five), so they may just see how the current roster comes together before making any significant changes.

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