Lakers set to sign guard JR Smith for remainder of National Basketball Association season

Tanya Simon
June 30, 2020

The lasting memory of J.R. Smith in the NBA: Forgetting the score in the NBA Finals.

According to ESPN, the Lakers have been in talks with Smith since Avery Bradley opted out of the restart last week in order to stay with his family.

Per multiple reports, JR Smith will be the player signing with the Los Angeles Lakers to replace Avery Bradley, who is among the players opting out of the National Basketball Association restart in Orlando.

If the deal closes, Smith would be reunited with his former teammate LeBron James, who left the Cavaliers in 2018 and signed with the Lakers.

The 34-year-old Smith hasn't played in the National Basketball Association since the 2018-19 regular season.

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The 34-year-old has career averages of 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists through 15 National Basketball Association seasons.

All the National Basketball Association teams are expected to resume mandatory individual workouts from July 1.

There's a lot of bad stuff happening right now, but the fact that we're going to watch Smith and James get together and go for another title again is just the best.

Smith was waived by the Cavs in 2019 after the team found no suitable trade for the struggling shooter. When the season was halted on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Lakers held a 5.5-game lead over the Clippers in the Western Conference standings. The Lakers first game will take place July 30 against the Clippers and will be televised on TNT at 6 p.m.

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