JR Smith, Lakers Finalizing Deal

J.R. Smith Lakers

While this move adds some depth, and possibly some shooting, anyone with a brain set between their two ears realizes the most important thing for the Lakers during this National Basketball Association restart is LeBron James, Anthony Davis and how the already-there Purple and Gold will do when they join forces in Orlando.

JR Smith last played in National Basketball Association for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 18-19 season, averaging 8.3 points per game.

Smith signed a rest-of-season contract with the Lakers this week, essentially filling the void left by Avery Bradley's absence, and it's fair to wonder how big of a downgrade it will be on the defensive end.

Eight games, then the NBA Playoffs, is not a lot of time to build chemistry. The former was the hot favorite to replace the latter in the Lakers roster.

The Milwaukee Bucks came in second but quickly looked the part of title contender during the year as Giannis Antetokounmpo improved his game and will likely win his second consecutive MVP Award.

Suffice to say, the team shattered their preseason expectations as head coach Frank Vogel did an excellent job in helping his squad gel together much quicker than anticipated while James turned in a vintage season where he led the league in assists.

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 should be a great addition to the team, playing off the bench while LeBron is resting.

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