Avery Bradley may have opted-out from the resumed NBA season at Orlando, but the Los Angeles Lakers have made sure his substitute is high-quality.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN, the Lakers have finalized a deal to get J.R. Smith for the remainder of the season.
Free agent guard J.R. Smith and the Lakers are working through final steps of a deal today and he will be added to roster for the Orlando restart, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2020
The former NBA Champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers will provide floor-spacing with the Lakers, as he's a career 37% from the three point line. Since he was drafted in 2004, J.R. has played 971 games, averaging 12.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. He was also named 6th. Man Of The Year in 2013 while playing for the New York Knicks.
The veteran guard though hasn't played a game in the league since 2018, and was waived by the Cavs in the summer of 2019.
J.R. Smith previously worked out with the Lakers this season but the organization ended up signing Dion Waiters over him. After spending almost a full season as a free-agent, the 34 year-old will have a chance to prove why he deserves to be in the league.