Los Angeles Lakers officially sign J.R. Smith

May 3, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Cleveland Cavaliers forward J.R. Smith (5) waits on the bench before the start of their game against the Toronto Raptors in game two of the second round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. The Cavaliers beat the Raptors 128-110. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

It took a global pandemic and a four-month hiatus from NBA action, but one of the best-known players in the Association is back on the court.

Los Angeles Lakers officially sign J.R. Smith

Smith, 34, last suited up in an NBA game back in November of 2018. He sat out the entire 2019-20 campaign prior to the season being suspended back on March 11.

J.R. Smith reunited with LeBron James

The most iconic moment of James’ career with the Cleveland Cavaliers might have been when he led the team to its first ever NBA title.

Second on the list was when James was seen frustrated by J.R. Smith’s mental collapse during an NBA Finals loss to the Golden State Warriors. The two now reunite years later.

J.R. Smith stats

A first-round pick of the then New Orleans Hornets back in 2006, Smith is averaging 12.5 points on 37% shooting from distance during his career.

The veteran wing averaged just 6.7 points and shot 31% from three-point range in his limited time with the Cavaliers last season.

NBA set to return July 30

Smith will now join his new Lakers team at Walt Disney World in Orlando on July 30 to resume the 2019-20 NBA season.

Los Angeles currently boasts the best record in the Western Conference and is one of the favorites to come away with the NBA title come October.