As we are getting closer to December 15th, the day all 2018 free agent signings are eligible to be traded, trades and rumors are beginning to heat up. On a day in which we saw Cleveland send George Hill to the Milwaukee Bucks (with help from the Wizards), the Cavaliers are receiving interest from the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans for guard JR Smith, according to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor.
On November 20th, the Cavs and JR Smith mutually agreed to part ways while the team works on finding a resolution for the disgruntled player. Both the Rockets and Pelicans find themselves in a heated battle in the loaded Western Conference. Teams showing interest in Smith would be hoping his scoring potential and championship experience could help keep pace with the likes of Memphis, Portland, and the Lakers, among others. With JR Smith only being owed $3.9 million over next season, teams could also use his contract as a trade asset.
Smith finds himself in a similar situation as Carmelo Anthony. Both players are hoping for a fresh start with new teams in order to show what they have left in the tank. Both players and teams are hopeful that a resolution will come quickly as we approach mid-December. If they are unable to find a trade partner, the two sides may negotiate buyouts.