Unless you’ve been away in Siberia for the past month and a half, you’re all too familiar with the Cleveland Cavaliers struggles on and off the court this season.
Unlike previous seasons since LeBron’s return, a combination of Kyrie Irving’s departure, multiple injuries to key players, and the rest of the Eastern Conference growing stronger have left the Cavs sitting third in the Eastern Conference with a 30-21 record, with talks of a major trade going down to help out the team’s recent struggles, even though nothing has materialized a mere four days away from the trade deadline.
The most recent news out of the Cavs camp, however, is telling us that shooting guard J.R. Smith, who has been with the Cavs for the past three and a half seasons now, has been made available in trade talks by the front office, according to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
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It’s unknown what teams have inquired about Smith‘s availability, but it’s assumed that it can’t be many, as J.R. is currently having one of his worst seasons as a pro, with woeful averages of 7.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists while shooting 37.6 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from deep.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a team willing to take on Smith’s $14.7 million contract for this season alone, not to mention the player option written into his contract that runs through until 2020, so if the Cavs want any chance of moving J.R. before the deadline, they better be offering more than Smith himself.
What this does indicate though is that Cleveland is being active on the trade market, and we could be looking at a major move made by the Cavs that very well may change the fortunes of their season.