Lakers Wire's Robert Marvi sees the possibility of Los Angeles trading for Marcus Smart bringing much good to the Lake Show -- but he also sees the former Boston Celtics heart and soul making L.A. worse in what is arguably already their weakest area: 3-point shooting.
"Smart would give L.A. an outstanding defender who is also at least somewhat capable offensively," Marvi prefaced before saying, "He’s averaging a career-high 14.5 points a game this season, and he can also make plays for others and take some of the playmaking and ball-handling load off LeBron James.
"The big negative is Smart’s poor 3-point shooting, which would make the team’s biggest weakness even worse."
A Smart-Lakers trade was being discussed due to a massive three-team blockbuster proposed by Bleacher Report's Eric Pincus that'd send the Memphis Grizzlies Rui Hachimura,
Gabe Vincent, Jaxson Hayes, Harry Giles III, a 2029 first-rounder, and trade exceptions ($8.3 million, $2.4 million and $1.9 million), land the Lakers Smart, Luke Kennard, John Konchar, Xavier Tillman Sr., Dorian Finney-Smith, and a trade exception ($10.5 million), and the Brooklyn Nets would reunite with D'Angelo Russell while acquiring Jalen Hood-Schifino and trade exceptions ($14 million, $2 million).
Marcus Smart LeBron James's teammate on Lakers is too painful of a thought for Boston Celtics fans
This is an interesting conundrum.
On one hand, the Lakers landing Smart would be objectively messy for their spacing and could add an explosive personality; something LeBron teams don't always navigate well (see: Kyrie Irving on the Cleveland Cavaliers).
Still, seeing Smart in purple and gold is an image so offensive to Celtics fans that it'd nearly make an L.A.-Boston matchup nearly unwatchable.
Smart's injury likely keeps him in Memphis for the time being. The Grizzlies still don't know what they have in a Smart-Ja Morant backcourt due to the latter's season-ending shoulder injury after he missed the 2023-24 season's first 25 games from suspension.