Are the Rockets interested in JR Smith?

Could Smith be Houston-bound?

James Rapien
December 10, 2018 - 9:26 pm
Nov 7, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith (5) celebrates in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – JR Smith hasn't been with the Cavaliers since November 20, but that doesn't mean the disgruntled veteran isn't getting interest from other clubs. 

Marc Stein of the New York Times says the Houston Rockets have "expressed exploratory interest in acquiring JR Smith."

Smith, 33, is averaging 6.7 points and 1.9 assists per game. He could fit right in with a Rockets team that averages 42 three-point attempts per game. Smith will make $14.7 million this season and $3.8 million of his $15.6 million salary is guaranteed for the 2019-2020 season. 

The Cavs are trying to acquire as many assets as possible and dealing Smith could help their cause. There won't be many suitors for him, which will likely drive the Cavs' asking price down, but that shouldn't matter. If they can unload Smith and get an asset in return, it would be a big win for the Cavaliers.

The Rockets are trying to get their season turned around after an 11-14 start. Are they desperate enough to give the Cavaliers something of value for a declining veteran like Smith?