Report: J.R. Smith to work out for Lakers this week

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The Los Angeles Lakers will work out veteran shooting guard J R. Smith this week, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic. They have previously been reported to meet with and work out Dion Waiters.

Smith, a former teammate of LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers, has not played since November 19, 2019.

A one-time NBA champion, Smith is mainly known for his shooting ability, hitting 36.3 percent of his career 3-point attempts. But the veteran has also made his mark on the defensive end at times throughout his career.

The Lakers waived guard Troy Daniels on Sunday, allowing him to pursue a bigger role with a playoff team and giving them an open roster spot with which to sign someone like Smith, Waiters or another free agent on the market. If the player has been waived or bought out by their former team by March 1st, they will be eligible for the playoffs.

Should the Lakers sign Smith, it will be for a combination of his ability to space the floor and defend bigger wings, a major need for the Lakers heading into the postseason.

But first, the team will have to ensure that the guard is in game shape and able to contribute, even if his minutes will likely be sparse.

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