Los Angeles Lakers Make Huge New Signing

Ross Houston
July 1, 2020

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. It will be confirmed right in time before the closure of the NBA's "transaction window" on Tuesday.

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

Smith's name has been tossed by those associated with the organization since Avery Bradley revealed that he wouldn't be making the trip to Orlando. The former was the hot favorite to replace the latter in the Lakers roster. This happened after Bradley made a decision to sit out of the NBA Restart to take care of his son.

Smith hasn't played in the National Basketball Association since the 2018-19 campaign and that was an abbreviated campaign in which he only saw action in 11 contests. He won an National Basketball Association title with LeBron James and the Cavaliers in 2016 and won the NBA's Sixth Man Award in 2013 with the Knicks.

Smith, 34, has not played in the National Basketball Association since an 11-game stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers at the start of the 2018-19 season, when he accused the team of tanking before eventually parting ways. He appeared in only 11 games for the Cavaliers a year ago before reaching a buyout agreement with them. They will travel to Orlando for the much-awaited restart the following week.

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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