The Los Angeles Lakers won't be adding J.R. Smith to the team any time soon, so hold off on panicking on a Smith, Lou Williams, Nick Young, Kobe Bryant lineup with small-ball center Ryan Kelly. Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News investigated and reports the Lakers aren't signing the Cleveland Cavaliers' free agent guard:
Not sure where the 'JR Smith to Lakers' rumors stemmed from. But Lakers aren't signing him— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) July 27, 2015
So where are these rumors coming from? Ah yes, fake pages featuring a player photoshopped into a Lakers jersey. A classic move:
Seems legit. #BleacherEports pic.twitter.com/hgkbpFkdDf— Jerry Khachoyan (@TheArmoTrader) July 26, 2015
So don't do what I did if you see a link pointing to this rumor. Last night I was a victim of a stray Google alert hitting my inbox on J.R. Smith going to the Lakers, and I'm trying to prevent you from making the same mistake. I won't link to the article, but I'll drop the two comments that have appeared under it since:
Friends don't let friends get got.