The Cleveland Cavaliers have been active on the trade market as of late, having already parted ways with veteran players Kyle Korver, George Hill, and Sam Dekker.
According to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor, they have gotten some interest from the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans over J.R. Smith.
Smith hasn't played for the Cavs since November 8 and has been working out on his own as the team looks to move him on. And it could be that he ends up in Houston or New Orleans if the above is to be believed.
Expect the Cavaliers to try to move on next from JR Smith. I heard this week they received some interest for Smith from the Rockets and Pelicans—both teams need depth at the wing position. Smith's 2019-20 salary is guaranteed for only $3.9M, so it has some value as a trade chip.— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) December 7, 2018
Smith, who infamously cost the Cavaliers Game 1 of last season's NBA Finals by running down the clock off in the dying embers after snatching a rebound off of a missed free throw with the game tied, has been at odds with the side from the beginning of the current campaign.
The 33-year-old has since accused the side of tanking while claiming he no longer wants to be a part of the organization following the team's decision to reduce his minutes in favor of younger players.
There is no longer a future for the player in Cleveland, with the side keen to get rid of veteran players in exchange for draft picks. They have even expressed a willingness to take on significant contracts with the aim of facilitating their rebuild.
Smith has averaged just 6.7 points per game this season, shooting 34.2 percent in his 20.2 minutes per contest. And he has very little interest in remaining in Cleveland himself.
What This Means
A move for Smith does seem like it would make sense for the aforementioned outfits. They are both in danger of missing the playoffs this season, with their current losing records, and could use a player who could shoot the ball.
Additionally, neither team has been getting great production from their bench this term and bringing in a savvy veteran like Smith - save his occasional lack of awareness - who could both attack the basket and stretch the floor could do them a world of good.