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Now who could “league sources” possibly be? Not Smith or his agent; he’d be delighted to reconcile with LeBron in L.A. No, this was the Lakers getting out ahead of the story, publicly informing not just Smith but all of us that he’d better consider some other options.

It was a rough year for Smith, who played just 11 games before the Cavs shut him down in November because, as the AP not-so-delicately puts it, “he wasn’t happy with his role and the Cavaliers didn’t want him to be a negative influence on their young players.” Smith turns 34 in September, and the Cavs needed to get out from under his contract in order to get below the luxury tax (how that roster was above the luxury tax line, I’ll never know), so it was a sure thing that he was gone one way or another. Maybe he’ll catch on somewhere, given that he’ll likely come relatively cheap, but it won’t be with his old friend LeBron. Maybe he and Carmelo can run it back for the Knicks.