J.R. Smith Emerges As Candidate To Join Lakers

With Avery Bradley opting not to participate in the NBA’s restart this summer, the Lakers will have the ability to sign a substitute player to replace him, and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports (via Twitter) that J.R. Smith has emerged as a leading candidate to be that player.

A pair of Los Angeles Times reporters, Tania Ganguli and Broderick Turner (Twitter links), first suggested that Smith would become a viable option for the Lakers in the wake of Bradley’s decision.

Smith, 34, didn’t play in the NBA at all this season, having last appeared in just 11 games for the Cavaliers in 2018/19 before being waived in November of that season. In ’17/18, his last full season, he was a solid role player in Cleveland, averaging 8.3 PPG and 2.9 RPG with a .375 3PT% in 80 games (28.1 MPG).

Smith worked out for the Lakers in March before the league went on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If Smith does sign as a substitute player for Bradley, he’d get a minimum-salary, rest-of-season contract and would become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. He wouldn’t count against Los Angeles’ cap, but the team also wouldn’t have any form of Bird rights on him at season’s end.

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15 thoughts on “J.R. Smith Emerges As Candidate To Join Lakers

  1. imindless

    Could 2020 be any worse? Imagine thinking this joker is the answer, lol no chance. Resign boogie, cut dudley and sign iman shumpert.

    • mrshyguy99

      there mix rumors couisn may not want to play. so cant rely on him till he for sure says what he wants

    • dodgerskingsfan

      boogie said he won’t play. wants to sit out and rehab for next season

  2. harden-westbrook-mvps

    I remember earlier this year when some posters here wanted for me to get me banned because they didn’t like my posts (obviously pro-Rockets stuff, which apparently upset a lot of them). Now I see after reading a lot of what you want written here and also on the Pro Football Rumors site, that I had absolutely nothing to be worried about. I’m all for free speech and couldn’t care less about your personal beliefs, no matter how offensive.

  3. mrshyguy99

    why sign waiters if they want jr smith. why not get someone who can play a little d

  4. mdunkel

    Cool then when the game is on the line J. R. Can dribble around and run out the clock without taking a shot.

  5. mlbnyyfan

    I would consider Shumpet, Waiters, or even Jamal Crawford if he wanted too before JR. Does Bradley still get a ring if Lakers win?

  6. stevep-4

    These games are going to be like pick-up ball anyway. JR is good for a scheme like that, so is Waiters.

  7. KnickerbockerAl

    JR is offense and Shumpert is defense. Bron knows both their gms. You know it’s up to him.

    Dude as long as you keep your posts clean. Don’t bully, you can still argue a point. They leave you alone. Remember some posters can be real young.

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