Lakers to sign JR Smith for remainder of season

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He'll serve as a replacement for Avery Bradley, who opted out of the National Basketball Association return in Florida for personal reasons.

One of the teams that is expected to push for a championship in the upcoming National Basketball Association restart, the Los Angeles Lakers have just made a huge new signing to bolster their offense.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed the report, adding that the a contract is expected to get done on Monday. The former was the hot favorite to replace the latter in the Lakers roster.

What I love so much is that if Smith is joining the Lakers, it's a sign that absolutely bad screw-up didn't destroy how James felt about playing with Smith and trusting him. This happened after Bradley chose to sit out of the NBA Restart to take care of his son. He'll reunite with LeBron James in Los Angeles and look to carve out a similar niche as a volume secondary scorer.

Smith, 24, has not played in the National Basketball Association this season. They will travel to Orlando for the much-awaited restart the following week. When the season was halted on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Lakers held a 5.5-game lead over the Clippers in the Western Conference standings. The Lakers have shown interest in Smith at various points this season and worked him out earlier this month, so he immediately made sense as someone who can help fill the void left by Bradley's departure.

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