NBA Rumors: Lakers Are Seriously Considering Signing J.R. Smith
Since his infamous meltdown in the 2018 NBA Finals, J.R. Smith has been seen more in memes on the internet than he has on the basketball floor. The former 6th man of the year turned 34 this September and has been among the most active names on the trade market recently.
The Lakers are a team that has long been connected to these rumors, with several reports hinting at their interest in the past couple of months. That interest still exists today, and according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, it could materialize into something real at some point this season.
"I think the Lakers are giving him a serious look," Haynes said. "I think they want to go into the season with the roster they have. (They want to) check the first 10, 15 games, see how things are going, check the list of numbers and percentages and see what they lack before they decide what they're gonna do."
Nothing is guaranteed yet, but L.A. could look in Smith's direction if things turn sour and they need additional shooting on the wing.
In his best season in Cleveland, he averaged 12.7 points on 42% shooting and 39% shooting from beyond the arc.
Despite his mental lapses, he could be a significant addition for a team, like the Lakers, that lacks backcourt depth.
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