According to sources close to the situation, J.R. Smith has a workout scheduled with the Los Angeles Lakers team. He is one of LeBron James‘ old teammates from when they played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Currently, Smith is a free agent who hasn’t played basketball since November 19, 2018.
Apparently, he’ll get the opportunity to showcase his talent and prove that he’s still capable of playing at a high level. According to a Lakers source close to the situation, Smith will get a workout with the Los Angeles Lakers next week.
“There are no guarantees,” said the source.
“They want to see what he can do and if it is a fit, we’ll take it from there.”
J.R. Smith’s NBA Career
During the 2018-19 NBA season, Smith only played in 11 games as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team granted Smith a leave of absence after he voiced that he was unhappy. During his leave of absence, the Cavs searched for a trade partner. When they couldn’t find one and the Cavs and Smith mutually agreed on a buyout that paid him the remaining $4.3 million in guaranteed money over the next three years.
Smith was the 18th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets by way of St. Benedict’s Preparatory High School in Newark, New Jersey.
Smith has career averages of 12.5 points per game during playing stints with the Hornets, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers.
J.R. Smith and LeBron James
J.R. Smith and LeBron James played together in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Championship team before James signed onto the Los Angeles Lakers.
While Smith’s workout with the Lakers doesn’t guarantee a spot on their roster, it could be a start of his lookout for a new home. His relationship with LeBron James could be an advantage in this situation.