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JR Smith, Kyle Korver reportedly could be options for Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers need to fill out their roster after agreeing to a trade for Anthony Davis, and a few familiar players could be options for them.

JR Smith and Kyle Korver are two players the Lakers could look at, with Yahoo’s Chris Haynes saying he believes Smith will end up with the Lakers.

A few things need to happen with each player first before they become available.

Smith only has a partial guarantee of the $15.7 million he is set to make for next season. The full amount becomes guaranteed on June 30, so the Cavaliers are looking to trade him to a team now that will try to pay him his minimal guarantee and then waive him so they can gain the cap space. If that happens, the Lakers could be a destination for him considering he has teamed with LeBron in Cleveland in the past.

Korver was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of the Mike Conley trade. The Grizzlies may look to buy him out, at which point he could be an option for the Lakers. Like Smith, he played with LeBron in the past and offers the kind of 3-point shooting James needs around him. Korver is set to make $7.5 million next season. Only $3.44 million would be guaranteed if he is waived before July 7.

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