J.R. Smith’s Cryptic Tweet Has Fans Thinking He’s Going to Sign With Lakers

Brad Sullivan
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The NBA career of veteran shooting guard J.R. Smith has been in limbo for most of the past year after he was banished by his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

On Thursday, Smith sent out a tweet regarding a recent trip and set off fan speculation about him possibly signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.



Smith turned 34 years old in September and has seen his numbers decline over the past few seasons.

His 2018-19 season was cut short after he made comments about the Cavs tanking the season. He was excused from the team last November, and while the Cavs tried to trade the veteran guard, those attempts ultimately came up short.

During this past offseason the Cavaliers finally released Smith. He has remained a free agent ever since. Should he end up signing with the Lakers, it would very likely be for a veteran’s minimum contract.

It’s unknown exactly what version of Smith the Lakers would get if they did sign the veteran. Would he resemble the player who connected from beyond the arc at a 40.0 percent clip during the 2016-17 season or would it be the player who shot 34.2 percent from the field last year?

Until more concrete evidence of any interest from the Lakers surfaces, it’s probably best for fans to simply let the season play out and enjoy the team’s 6-1 start.

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Brad is a freelance writer for LakersDaily.com, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.