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The Houston Rockets have kicked the tires on Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith, ESPN reporter Zach Lowe said on his latest podcast.
The Rockets are looking for another wing player after losing Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency.
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) August 1, 2018
Smith is slated to make $14.7 million in 2018-19 and has $3.9 million guaranteed in 2019-20. The 14-year veteran averaged 8.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 80 games this past season, shooting 40.3 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from three.
During the Cavs’ postseason run, Smith posted 8.7 points and shot only 34.8 percent overall and 36.7 percent from beyond the arc.
The 32-year-old committed a careless error in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Smith got the offensive rebound off of a George Hill missed free throw, but dribbled the ball out to the perimeter, clearly not knowing that the game was tied.
The Cavs lost in overtime and got swept.
The Rockets are aggressively trying to move Ryan Anderson, who is due to make more than $20 million next season and just more than $21 million in 2019-20.