With the Los Angeles Lakers signing J.R. Smith, Frank Vogel will have another solid option to chose from on an already deep roster.
As the Los Angeles Lakers get ready to head down to Orlando for the resumed season, they will be heading down with a new player on their team.
After Avery Bradley decided to opt-out for the rest of the season, the Lakers had an open roster spot to fill. With some decent options available, the Lakers went with veteran J.R. Smith to replace Bradley.
Smith will provide the Lakers with an experienced player who can play a couple of different spots on the floor and shoot the ball well from beyond the arc. Recently, Frank Vogel spoke with reporters about what Smith could bring to the team when they start playing in Orlando. Here’s what he had to say via Silver Screen and Roll.
"“In terms of what he brings to the table: the experience factor. This guy’s a big time player. He’s proven it over the course of his career. We know he can help us. We almost added him earlier in the year when we added Dion Waiters, and now we have the luxury of having both.”"
For the Lakers, adding Smith will give them even more options for their rotation, which is loaded with some experienced champions already. Due to the uncertainty with the coronavirus and the restart, having as many possible rotation players is important in case someone does get sick.
Even though Smith has barely played the last two seasons, he looks great in his workouts and should be fresh for the Lakers. With a familiarity with LeBron James and playing in big games, the Lakers should feel comfortable having Smith on the court in a big spot. While he did make a huge error in the NBA Finals once, Smith is likely highly motivated to make people forget about that.
With Los Angeles heading to Orlando soon, we should get to see Smith on the court with his new teammates very soon. As an experienced player that can shoot the 3-pointer well at a high clip, Smith can certainly help the team.