Heat may be interested in Cavaliers’ Smith, exchange of picks

Shooting guard J.R. Smith hasn't played since November, when he and the Cavaliers parted ways.

The Miami Heat may be contemplating trading the No. 13 overall pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for J.R. Smith’s contract and the 26th pick, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

Clearly, the Cavaliers would have to take back some salary for Smith, whose contract calls for him to make more than $15 million next season. But only $3.87 million is guaranteed if Smith is waived before June 30.

While no specifics were offered, sources told Amico Hoops earlier this month that the Heat had an interest in Smith’s expiring deal.

The Cavs have been exploring several possibilities when it comes to moving around in the first round. Some scenarios include adding a second pick, others include potentially moving up or trading down.

According to several sources, the Cavs have also held discussions with the New Orleans Pelicans and Atlanta Hawks. The first possibility would be no surprise, given the fact current Cavs general manager Koby Altman was assistant GM under current Pelicans chief of basketball operations David Griffin in Cleveland.

Plus, the Pelicans have made no secret that they are exploring a trade of the fourth overall pick, acquired over the weekend in a deal that sent Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Smith is a 6-foot-6 and turns 34 before the start of next season. He averaged 6.7 points on just 34 percent shooting in 11 games this season. Any team that trades for him is likely viewing it as a salary dump. If the Cavs can’t trade him, they will waive him before the end of the month.

Along with the Heat, the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs may have an interest in Smith’s contract.

The NBA Draft is Thursday at 7 p.m. in Brooklyn, N.Y.

3 Comments on "Heat may be interested in Cavaliers’ Smith, exchange of picks"

  1. Moving from the bottom of the 1st round to #13 is a big jump to get rid of JR. Yes Cavs would have to take back some cash, which is fine as long as that contract can be unloaded after this season (or during).

  2. If the Cavs do this trade and move up to pick 13, I would hope they take Kevin Porter Jr if he is still there, hopefully to go with DeAndre Hunter at pick 5.

    • Sam Amico Sam Amico | June 20, 2019 at 1:16 pm |

      I’m with you, Steve. I really like the idea of taking a chance on Porter in the late lottery.

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