1. Sabotage the Lakers
Perhaps the biggest reason the Rockets should sign Smith is because it would sabotage the Lakers, who appear to be loading up for a title run. The Lakers already boast one of the league’s best duos in LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and have made recent moves to bolster their depth.
The Lakers were arguably the most active on the buyout market, as they signed Markieff Morris, who the Rockets decided against making a waiver claim for. On top of that, the Lakers recently signed Dion Waiters, who was also someone the Rockets could have targeted.
The Lakers have the top seed in the Western Conference and are essentially a lock to finish there. We’ve seen the Lakers recently beat the Milwaukee Bucks, who Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta admitted is the best in the league right now.
It’s been reported that the Lakers are preparing to sign JR Smith, which is the last thing the Rockets need. Smith and LeBron have familiarity with one another, which should strike fear for the Rockets. The last thing the Lakers need is another good 3-point shooter with championship experience.
Perhaps the biggest reason for signing JR is to sabotage the Lakers and prevent them from adding yet another weapon like Smith.