Lakers finalizing deal with JR Smith

Ross Houston
June 30, 2020

The Los Angeles Lakers are finalizing a deal with veteran free agent J.R. Smith, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

The shooting guard is set to reunite with former Cavaliers teammate LeBron James on the Lakers, who won't have Avery Bradley for the NBA's resumption at Disney World. It will be confirmed right in time before the closure of the NBA's "transaction window" on Tuesday.

Former and beloved Cleveland Cavalier J.R. Smith, who is now a free agent, is reportedly working through the final steps of a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers to join the team as the National Basketball Association season restarts in Orlando, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

In Game 1 of the NBA Finals that year, Smith infamously lost track of the score in a gaffe that ultimately led to Cleveland losing to Golden State in overtime.

While Smith will turn 35 and be almost two years removed from his last taste of National Basketball Association action during the 2020 postseason, he's an intriguing depth piece having averaged 12.5 points per game and shot.375 from beyond the arc throughout his career. He should be a great addition to the team, playing off the bench while LeBron is resting. The team officially waived him in July of 2019.

The Lakers will play their first game that day against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The NBA season is expected to restart on the 30th of July, after along layoff, arising out of the coronavirus pandemic.

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