JR Smith hasn't played an NBA game since November 2018, but with Avery Bradley opting out of playing in the NBA bubble, the Los Angeles Lakers are bringing in LeBron James' former teammate to help.
After a long layoff from NBA basketball, can he be helpful?
Smith and James were teammates for three-and-a-half seasons in Cleveland, so they are familiar with each other. Including the playoffs, they have logged over 8,000 minutes together. With four trips to the Finals, Smith has experience that many Lakers are lacking.
The Cavaliers had a positive net rating when James and Smith shared the floor together in three out of four regular seasons, with the highest being 13.6. In the playoffs of their championship season, the Cavs were a plus-12.6 with both playing.