Rockets eyeing Cavaliers, others in search of veteran help

Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith is generating some interest around the league, according to a report.

An underachieving start has the Houston Rockets looking for veteran help and the Cleveland Cavaliers are on their radar, according to a report from Kelly Iko of The Athletic.

Iko cited sources that said the Rockets are primarily focused on acquiring wing talent after a rocky 9-10 beginning, and have placed some calls to gauge the market.

Sources recently told Amico Hoops the Cavs have been actively trying to move some of their veteran players, particularly J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver. Smith recently parted ways with the team — but is still under contract and taking up a roster spot.

The Rockets and Cavs flirted with the idea of a Smith trade over the summer, sources added.

At any rate, Iko wrote that the Cavs  have been “aggressive” in attempting to make some moves.

“They have made it clear they are moving in a younger direction, recently parting ways with J.R. Smith as they seek a trade for him,” Iko wrote. “George Hill is another guard whose salary they would like to shed, but his $19 million price tag may make it difficult to find a taker.”

Iko added other names throughout the league that could potentially be considered by the Rockets — including Sacramento Kings guard Iman Shumpert, Brooklyn Nets wing Joe Harris, Toronto Raptors swingman C.J. Miles and Washington Wizards forwards Kelly Oubre Jr. and Markieff Morris.

The Rockets nearly acquired Shumpert in the summer of 2017, when Shumpert was still a member of the Cavs.