Before the NBA season was canceled, the Lakers had made two free agent signings to increase their depth, adding Markieff Morris and Dion Waiters. And now, before they return, they add JR Smith to replace Avery Bradley, who sits outside the NBA restart of concern for his young son’s health.
All things considered, it will be a pretty mid-season review for a championship contender to go through the season, but Lakers star Anthony Davis is optimistic that the team can make it work because of what all his new teammates can bring.
“I think all three guys (can help us),”
Morris had been playing in eight games for the Lakers before the shutout, while Waiters was set to play a game for the South Bay Lakers in the G League when he looked to regain his fitness after barely playing this season before the NBA continued the hiatus . During the break, he said he was trying to lose weight, and the results are quite impressive.
Aside from secret quarantine training with some members of the team, Smith has only had to do individual workouts when the Lakers ramp backs up, but Davis said he can’t wait to start the process of integrating him into the rest of the team when the Lakers arrive on the plane to Orlando next week. Smith looks to give the Lakers another reliable floor distance, while Morris offers the team a versatile defender and stretches great. Waiters add a dash of perimeter shooting that the team didn’t really have outside of LeBron James.
Davis is optimistic what they can all get when the Lakers chase a title.
“Markieff showed that he can be a big part of our team,” Davis said. “Dion and JR will obviously help us tremendously also with JR’s ability to shoot and Dion’s ability to score and play. I think it will be beneficial for us to go to Orlando and give us a chance to win. “
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