His first year in Cleveland without LeBron James didn’t go well for veteran shooting guard J.R. Smith. After being one of the core players who helped the Cleveland Cavaliers win their first NBA championship title in 2016, Smith found himself receiving lesser playing time earlier in the 2018-19 NBA season until he’s officially removed from their rotation in November.
During that time, most people expected J.R. Smith to be moved to a team where he could compete for the NBA championship title, but the Cavaliers let the February NBA trade deadline pass with the 33-year-old shooting guard remaining on their roster. The Cavaliers believe Smith and his partially guaranteed contract for the 2019-20 NBA season could be used as a trade asset in the summer of 2020. It seems like the Cavaliers made the right move as according to Sam Amico of Amico Hoops, Cleveland is already receiving some trade calls for Smith.