- Larry Nance Jr. hilariously reacts to sugar momma offering him $3K every weekend
- Former Cavs forward desperately begs for job in the NBA: ‘I’d play for free’
- Report: Kevin Porter Jr. accused of punching a woman in the face in downtown Cleveland
- Channing Frye rips Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo after Jrue Holiday trade
- Report: Cavs playing crucial role in helping Bucks complete Jrue Holiday trade
- Report: Andre Drummond makes final decision regarding player option with Cavs
- Report: ‘90 percent’ chance Andre Drummond opts into player option with Cavs
- Scary details of Kevin Porter Jr.’s arrest reveal loaded handgun, marijuana and overturned vehicle
- Report: Cavs expected to draft Obi Toppin at No. 5 pick if Deni Avdija is ‘off the board’
- Report: Andre Drummond expected to pick up option in order to facilitate trade
Report: 3 Teams That Could be Interested in Acquiring J.R. Smith This Summer
- Updated: June 1, 2019
While no team has emerged yet as a potential trade partner, one report indicates that three teams could ultimately be where Smith ends up being sent.
Chris Crouse of HoopsRumors.com points to either the Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks or Brooklyn Nets as the ultimate destination for Smith, who played in just 11 games with the Cavaliers last season. He was put in limbo by the team in late November after he criticized it for what he believed was its willingness to tank the entire season for a high draft pick.
Smith is a valuable trade chip since any team that acquires him before July 1 can release him and only have to guarantee $3.87 million of next year’s salary.
Crouse explained the further logic behind trading for a 15-year veteran who turns 34 in September and has declined offensively:
“Another team that lacks cap flexibility could potentially use his contract to quickly carve out upwards of $18MM in extra cap space, as our own Luke Adams detailed earlier in the season. To maximize those savings, a team would have to use the stretch provision on Smith, a move that would bring his cap hit to approximately $1.29MM.”
The Trail Blazers are likely to be paying a luxury tax, since they have to re-sign pending free agents Enes Kanter and former Cavalier Rodney Hood. By trading one of their high-priced veterans in a deal for Smith, they might be able to avoid that prospect or at least reduce the cost after they release Smith.
In the case of the Mavericks, they would be inclined to trade away two of their high-priced talents, since they’re seeking to make a move during the free agency period.
Cruise offered this potential scenario for a deal with Dallas:
“Dallas could attempt to entice Cleveland with a prospect like Justin Jackson or offer up the No. 37 overall pick in this year’s draft in order to acquire Smith. It’s not clear if anything short of a first-round pick will be enough to pry Smith away from the Cavs.”
The Nets are also geared to try to sign a major free agent or two, if possible, and have something the Cavs value. To make that happen, Cruise writes that the Nets might trade for Smith in exchange for getting rid of the steep ($18.5 million) contract of Allen Crabbe and sending one of their three high picks to the Cavs.
The only guarantee in this tale is that Smith will not be returning to play for the Cavaliers. Earlier this month, the very real possibility that he’s played his last NBA game was noted, since he likely won’t garner much interest from other teams, unless he’s willing to sign for a veteran’s minimum salary.