The LA Lakers are set to finalize a deal to sign shooting guard JR Smith for the rest of this season. 

Smith has been out of the NBA since July 2019, when the Cavaliers waived him. Smith played alongside LeBron James from 2015-2018, winning the franchise’s first championship together in 2016. Howeer, Smith hasn’t played since Nov. 19, 2018, when he mutually parted ways with the Cavaliers.

Smith has career averages of 12.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists over 15 seasons with New Orleans, Denver, New York and Cleveland. 

Rosters for the NBA restart must be turned in to the league office by Wednesday.

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