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

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 

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.

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. 

Perhaps Smith could be an answer. Article Source: Bleacher Report - Los Angeles Lakers