LeBron James Reacts To Lakers JR Smith Signing

Ross Houston
July 3, 2020

Rondo will be one of the Lakers backup guards relied upon to make up for the absence of Avery Bradley, who opted out of Orlando for family reasons and in order to continue to focus his efforts on combating systematic racism in this country.

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard wants to play in the National Basketball Association season restart this month in Orlando, Fla., and the team said it won't replace the 16-year veteran despite some concern that he would opt out. "I mean, this guy is a big-time player". "We don't know what the level of participation is going to be yet". The 34-year-old guard, who last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, will play again with LeBron James, this time in Los Angeles.

Smith hasn't played an National Basketball Association game since November 2018 when he was playing for the Cavaliers.

While Smith is a solid option given the circumstances, it remains to be seen how much he has left in the tank given his layoff.

Across 14-plus seasons, Smith has career averages of 12.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 971 games (395 starts).

National Basketball Association teams will travel to Orlando between July 7-9 to begin training camps before restarting the season July 30.

The NBA was suspended indefinitely earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and is set to resume play in Orlando, Florida at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel said that part of Davis' game that impressed him the most this season was his "mindset to play through minor nagging injuries".

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