The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to sign swingman J.R. Smith to a rest-of-season contract, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. The Lakers recently lost shooting guard Avery Bradley, as he chose to sit out the restart of the 2019-20 season.
The Lakers had been searching for another cog at the position, immediately landing on Smith, who hasn’t seen action in more than a year.
The 34-year-old could also help out with his perimeter defense and outside shooting, making 37.3 percent of his career three-point attempts. Even with Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on the roster, the squad could use more shooting depth while ranking just 13th in three-point percentage and 21st in threes made per game.
The Lakers (36-10) have their eyes on winning a championship in Orlando, Florida this season.
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