Lakers giving JR Smith ‘a serious look’
NBA champion JR Smith has been out of the league since July, when the Cavs decided to waive him. The 34-year-old marksman has drawn some interest, but it’s the Lakers who are now intrigued.
Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes recently joined Brandon Robinson on the Scoop B. Radio Podcast. Amid their discussion, Haynes reported the Lakers are giving Smith “a serious look:”
“I think the Lakers are giving him a serious look,” Yahoo Sports’ Haynes told Robinson on the Scoop B Radio Podcast. “I think they want to go into the season with the roster they have,” Haynes added. “(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.”
Other teams that were reportedly interested in Smith this offseason include the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets. However, the former Sixth Man of the Year is still without a new deal. He’d likely be a solid bench option, as he can get hot from the perimeter at the drop of a hat. Opposing sides know they can’t leave him open, which could disrupt some defensive schemes.
Smith played in just 11 games with the Cavs last season (four starts), racking up averages of 6.7 points, 1.9 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.0 steal. For his career (971 games played), the New Jersey native holds averages of 12.5 points on 41.9 percent shooting from the field (37.3 percent from beyond the arc), 3.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and and 1.0 steal in 27.0 minutes per outing.
Whether or not the Lakers will make a move for Smith remains to be seen. If it does happen, though, he’d be reunited with his former Cavs teammate, LeBron James.