Ever since LA Lakers waived Troy Daniels, several free agents have been linked with the Lakers. Recently it was reported that Lakers handed a workout to former Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters. However, the latest reports suggest in addition to Dion Waiters, former Cleveland Cavaliers star JR Smith is also expected to undergo a workout with the Lakers.
Was told in addition to Dion Waiters, JR Smith worked out for the Lakers today. His familiarity w/ LeBron and his shooting ability are seen as pluses. The Lakers are in no rush, though, and might bring in others. They have one vacant roster spot after waiving Troy Daniels.— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) March 2, 2020
Multiple publications have reported that Lakers are not looking to add a player to their roster imminently. However, they were still looking at several players in a bid to sign the best available ahead of the playoffs. The Athletic broke out the news that a JR Smith trade is now the most likely to go through after the 34-year-old admitted that he'd be interested to take up any role with the Lakers.
Additionally, JR Smith was teammates with Lakers star LeBron James at the Cavaliers. The duo even won the NBA championship in 2016. His familiarity with LeBron James and supposed shooting abilities have reportedly put him ahead of the Dion Waiters for a Lakers move.
JR Smith has been a free agent since being waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer. The former Sixth Man of the Year last played at the beginning of the 2018-19 NBA season. Smith played only 11 games for the Cavaliers last season before he reportedly requested for a trade. Smith averaged 12.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his NBA career.
At 28, Dion Waiters might give Lakers a long-time bench solution. However, his three suspensions this season with Heat owing to several violations suggest he could be a risky acquisition for the team chasing an NBA championship. Under such circumstances, a JR Smith trade might make more sense for the Lakers.