The Los Angeles Lakers have made quite a few moves this offseason to improve their roster around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Among those moves were the free agency signings of Montrezl Harrell and Wesley Matthews and the trade to acquire Dennis Schroder from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Even though they may not need another guard, New York Knicks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. could be an intriguing name for the Lakers to consider targeting.
Just a few short years ago, Smith was considered a potential future star. His future looked bright and his athleticism made him fun to watch. Unfortunately, he has not become the star that many were expecting him to be.
Last season with the Knicks, Smith ended up playing in 34 games and only started in three of those appearances. He averaged 5.5 points, 2.9 assists, and 2.3 rebounds per game. Smith shot just 34.1 percent from the floor and 29.6 percent from the three-point line.
To say that the season was a disappointment for Smith would be an understatement. A change of scenery could be exactly what he needs. If the Lakers were to acquire him, he would be in a perfect situation where he can simply focus on scoring off of the bench.
All of that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at a potential trade between the Lakers and Knicks that would send Dennis Smith Jr. to Los Angeles to join LeBron James and Anthony Davis.