With the trade deadline right around the corner, the Cleveland Cavaliers have stepped up their attempts to trade shooting guard J.R. Smith, offering him as part of a package to the Sacramento Kings.
The Smith-to-Kings news comes from Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports, who wrote that the Kings are not yet interested in a proposal centered on Smith and backcourt-mate Iman Shumpert.
As first mentioned by Amico Hoops, the Cavs have been working on a trade for Kings guard George Hill for several weeks. The initial offer involved Shumpert, Cavs forward Channing Frye and potentially Derrick Rose, but along with trading Hill, the Kings would need to clear a roster spot to take back multiple players.
A deal sending Hill to the Cavs was reportedly “on the one-yard line” two weeks ago, but the sides have failed to reach an agreement on the exact parameters. The Kings have even tried to find a third team, including the Dallas Mavericks, to help finalize the deal.
Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and general manager Koby Altman have been working mostly side-by-side in trying to make a trade, though Gilbert is believed to be the point man and has been conducting some of the trade talks on his own.
Along with trying to move Smith and Shumpert before Thursday’s 3 p.m. EST deadline, the Cavs have explored several deals involving center Tristan Thompson. They now prefer to hang on to Frye, a positive voice in an otherwise chaotic locker room.
Smith and Thompson have also been linked to the Los Angeles Clippers as part of a reported trade proposal for center DeAndre Jordan.