Will the Lakers sign J.R. Smith for rest of season? Will he have a chance to redeem himself from the last time he played with Lebron James in Cleveland?
J.R. Smith will reunite with LeBron James. J.R. Smith has been mentioned as the most likely replacement for the Los Angeles Lakers after Avery Bradley opted out of the resumed season, and the two sides are expected to come to an agreement this week.
The Lakers, league sources say, are expected to finalize a rest-of-the-season contract with J.R. Smith before Tuesday’s 11:59 PM ET closure of the NBA’s “transaction window”
Rosters for the NBA restart at Walt Disney World must be turned in to the league office Wednesday. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed the report, adding that the a contract is expected to get done on Monday.
Lakers and Smith have been in talks since Avery Bradley opted-out of the restart. Smith was teammates with LeBron James for four seasons in Cleveland, and the two are longtime friends. The Lakers have shown interest in Smith at various points this season and worked him out earlier this month, so he immediately made sense as someone who can help fill the void left by Bradley’s departure. Smith was also spotted hanging out with LeBron and Anthony Davis at one point last month.
Smith, 34, has not played in the NBA this season. He appeared in only 11 games for the Cavaliers last year before reaching a buyout agreement with them. Smith averaged 6.7 points per game last season and is a career 37.3% 3-point shooter.
His 3 point game will be appreciated. The NBA starts back up July 31st. Be sure to tune in!