Report: JR Smith to meet with Bucks Thursday
Free agent shooting guard JR Smith is expected to meet with the Milwaukee Bucks brass at some point Thursday, as the organization continues its search for a capable wing shooter, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
Smith was recently waived before his contract became fully guaranteed, making a cool $4.4 million in the process and now searching for his next destination after being away from the court for most of the 2018-19 season.
The marksman only played 11 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season before being exiled after a clear disagreement to make the young core the emphasis for the remainder of the season. Former head coach Tyronn Lue also disagreed with the idea and was fired from his post early in the season.
The Bucks lost a strong shooter in Malcolm Brogdon (sign-and-trade with the Indiana Pacers) and another in Nikola Mirotic (signed with Barcelona), inking 3-and-D talent Wesley Matthews and center Robin Lopez in return. Smith would give them yet another option on the wing coming off the bench, considering his microwave nature as a perimeter scorer.
If Smith does agree to a role with the Bucks, it will likely be as a deep part of the rotation, coming by way of the veteran’s minimum contract. The 6-foot-6 guard was floated on the trade market, but yielded very little response, as most teams weren’t ready to give up assets to haul in the full extent of his contract.