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The Milwaukee Bucks met with free agent shooting guard J.R. Smith on Thursday, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.
Smith was waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this week after a little more than four seasons with the team. He was sent home in November after 11 games in a mutual decision. Neither Smith nor the Cavs found each other a fit after the free-agent departure of LeBron James last summer.
Smith, who turns 34 before the season, insisted last week he isn’t finished playing. His agent, Rich Paul, has been trying to arrange meetings with teams in need of veteran perimeter shooting.
“Technically my whole career’s been in limbo, so this is easy for me,” Smith said before playing in the All-Star Celebrity Softball Game in Cleveland.
By waiving Smith July 15, the Cavs were able to avoid paying the entire portion of his salary next season. Instead, the Cavs will stretch the amount owed to Smith, around $4.3 million, over several seasons. They still remain about $22 million over the salary cap.
Smith was a member of the Cavs’ run of four straight trips to the Finals, but averagedjust 6.7 points on 34 percent shooting in 11 appearance last season.
The Bucks already have a glut of wing-types, with small forward Khris Middleton and newcomer Wesley Matthews, as well as Pat Connaughton, Sterling Brown, Donte DiVincenzo and Thanasis Antetokounmpo.
“The Bucks are searching for a wing shooter and both sides will have opportunity to sit down,” Charania reported of the team and Smith.