The final phase of player movement in the NBA took place without the Lakers adding anyone else to their roster.
They inquired about the availability of free-agent forward Joe Smith, but the Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly agreed to terms with him Tuesday night. Smith was waived by Oklahoma City last week.
"We explored it and put in our two cents' worth," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Tuesday.
Several players were waived before Sunday's deadline, allowing them to sign with other teams and still be eligible for the playoffs. Forward Drew Gooden is expected to sign with San Antonio, forward-center Stromile Swift will join Phoenix, and guard Luther Head will sign with Miami, according to various media reports.
Although the Lakers had discussions with representatives for Smith, a 14-year veteran, they weren't overly surprised when he opted for Cleveland, where he played part of last season.
"We like what we've got," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "We don't want to change the chemistry. We've got such chemistry on this team. We can use a big guy, but we anticipate Andrew's going to be back and give us some help in the last month of the season."
Andrew Bynum could return from a torn knee ligament as early as March 30. The Lakers have gone 13-3 in his absence, including the Jan. 31 game in which he was injured.
Return of the bench
The Lakers' reserves had been stumbling since getting outscored last Friday by the Denver Nuggets' backups, 47-7.
"My fear is that they're relying too much on threes . . . instead of penetration," Jackson said before Tuesday's game against Memphis. "They've been great at running and pressing, trapping and stealing, that kind of stuff. People are now kind of adjusting to who they are and so we've got to have a better effort from them on the floor."
The Lakers' reserves outscored their Memphis counterparts, 32-18.
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