RUMOR: Lakers are an unlikely destination for JR Smith
Once guard JR Smith clears waivers, the Los Angeles Lakers are an unlikely destination, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 15, 2019
Smith has spent the last four-plus years with the Cavs, helping LeBron bring a title to his northeastern Ohio home for the first time in Cleveland’s franchise history.
The Cavs traded for Smith and former New York Knicks teammate Iman Shumpert in a three-team deal in January 2015. Following general manager Koby Altman’s teardown of the team after James’ second departure from Cleveland, Smith has been away from the team and appeared in only 11 games during the 2018-19 NBA season.
It doesn’t look like Smith will be helping King James win another chip anytime soon though.
Lakers GM Rob Pelinka has been surrounding LeBron with a strong supporting cast, including trading for All-NBA power forward Anthony Davis and signing shooting guard Danny Green and big man DeMarcus Cousins
The decision to waive Smith, a former Sixth Man of the Year winner, by Altman was made after the GM’s inability to find a suitable trade partner to take the 15-year veteran.