NBA Rumors: LA Lakers Could Re-Sign JR Smith To A One-Year, Veteran’s Minimum Deal, ‘Bleacher Report’ Predicts

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Veteran shooting guard JR Smith is one of the players who’s but to discover a new home within the 2020 free agency. Smith may need been on the Los Angeles Lakers roster once they efficiently captured the Larry O’Brien Trophy final season, however he did not make an impression in his temporary time carrying the Purple and Gold. In the ten regular-season games he performed, the 35-year-old shooting guard only averaged 2 points on 7.5 minutes of motion per game.

With his age and declining efficiency, it’s not stunning that teams are having second ideas about giving Smith a contract. However, Erik Beaston of Bleacher Report believes he’ll be on a team within the upcoming 2020-21 NBA season. In a latest article, Beaston predicted Smith will sign a one-year, veteran’s minimal deal to return to the Lakers.

“There are not a ton of teams beating down the door of a 16-year veteran whose numbers have diminished and whose playing time was minimal. With that said, the Lakers still have one veteran’s minimum deal left to issue, and given Smith’s chemistry and friendship with the team’s leader and biggest star, there is plenty of reason to believe he will be back for one last run. If it does not work out or the team opts to go younger, it can always waive Smith. With few other options at his disposal, including snowboarding, the purple and gold appears to be the most likely landing spot.”

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates a play with teammate JR Smith #21 during the first half of Game Three of the first round of the playoffs between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 22, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

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As of now, it stays unknown if there’s an ongoing negotiation between Smith and the Lakers concerning a new deal. However, primarily based on his relationship with LeBron James, there’s certainly an enormous chance that the shooting guard might as soon as once more characterize the Purple and Gold subsequent 12 months. After winning the 2020 NBA championship title, the Lakers misplaced two of their wingmen — Danny Green and Avery Bradley.

The Lakers traded Green to amass Dennis Schroder from the Oklahoma City Thunder, whereas Bradley ended up leaving to sign a two-year contract with the Miami Heat. The Lakers could have added Wesley Matthews this offseason, nevertheless it nonetheless is sensible for them to sign another veteran wingman who has championship expertise and is aware of the best way to excel with James on the court.

Giving Smith a one-year, veteran’s minimal deal wouldn’t damage them in any respect. If they later notice that they not want his services, they might merely waive his contract and discover another player. Aside from Smith, another free agent who expressed curiosity in signing with the Lakers was Pau Gasol. Gasol had beforehand performed for the Lakers and gained back-to-back championship titles alongside Kobe Bryant in 2009 and 2010.

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