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J.R. Smith Wants To Return To The NBA: "My Phone Number Hasn’t Changed."

J.R. Smith

With COVID-19 ravaging through the league, it's providing opportunities for some NBA hopefuls to finally make a run in the big leagues.

J.R. Smith, who was golfing in an NCAA tournament earlier this year, is one of the ones hoping for his chance to get back in the league.

In a post on Twitter, he made his pitch.

So since we just giving out 10 days to see who wants to play. I’m still willing and want to play basketball. My phone number hasn’t changed.

At 36-years-old, J.R.'s impact on the game would be limited at this point. But his 3-point shooting could prove valuable in the right situation.

While there is no telling if Smith will make a return, now is his best chance at making a comeback. Many teams across the league are suffering losses as a result of COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Some ex-players are even calling up their former coaches hoping for a chance to sneak back in.

"I got a couple of calls from people, and I was like, You’ve got to be kidding me, You can’t play anymore. I told one of them that - you can’t play basketball, what are you talking about, a round of golf?"

The Lakers are one team that could have an interest in J.R. Not only do he and LeBron have history, but his shooting could provide a much-needed boost for the team offensively.

Amid a rough start to the season, the Lakers aren't looking like the title team they hoped they'd be. LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook have made for an awkward fit and the supporting cast isn't providing nearly enough to make up for it.

Might LeBron look towards a familiar face to help his team turn things around? We'll see soon enough...