Lakers eye JR Smith as the best candidate to replace Avery Bradley, sources say


Free-agent guard JR Smith of the NBA for two years, has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Avery Bradley on the Los Angeles Lakers roster for the season to Orlando to reboot, sources told ESPN.Lakers president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka and Smith, agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, have discussed a possible agreement on Tuesday evening, and is expected to speak again Wednesday, according to sources.

The Lakers, the top seed in the Western Conference, are looking for a substitute player to Bradley, their starting point guard, who told ESPN Tuesday evening that he was relinquishing the season to restart to family considerations. The Lakers could waive Bradley to create the list of spot for Smith.


Smith, 34, has not played an NBA game since November of 2018 with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Smith has worked for the Lakers in February before the team has signed guard Dion Waiters in a deal. Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is going to relieve much of the burden of Bradley’s departure, with the Servers expected to provide more depth in the backcourt. Rajon Rondo is another veteran guard on the Lakers bench.

Smith has played 15 seasons in the NBA since he was drafted to the New Orleans out of St. Benedict’s Prep in 2004, including stops with Denver, New York and Cleveland. He won an NBA title with the Cavaliers and LeBron James in 2016, and has been the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year 2013 with the Knicks.

The NBA has a transaction window through July 1, which allows teams to sign free agents before traveling to Orlando to start the season.


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