Free agent guard J. R. Smith and the Lakers are working through the 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 interest of the Lakers for Smith it was an open secret, and the negotiations have been carried out in the last few hours. The announcement of Avery Bradley, who will not go to Orlando (along with other players), caused that angelenos are interested in another escort to cover this low. Already have in the template with Dion Waiters, signed just before the season was suspended by the pandemic coronavirusand in the next few hours added to the template to a profile of a player that is coming to them very well in the face of a season that will resume, except surprise, the next 30 of July.
Smith can be a very useful player for the scheme Frank Vogel. No one knows in which state is located, since you do not dispute a match from the November 19, 2018, when it belonged to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The escort is a good defender and an excellent shooter, with a great capacity for catch-and-shoot and a profile scorer that the Lakers have missed part of this season. Smith, who already shared a team with LeBron on the Cavs and was champion in 2016, you can take advantage of the balls with that The King nourishes the rest of his teammates and be a big shake-up from the bench. A move that can complete a team that is still pending of the decision that can make Dwight Howard on the trip to Orlando. For the moment, the news for the Lakers look good with his arrival. The rest, as we shall see.