JR Smith is still waiting on that phone call to get back in the league
Former Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard JR Smith says he is still waiting on a chance to make an NBA roster.
Bleacher Report recently posted an image that Smith had sent out on his Instagram account. In the caption, they wrote, “Someone needs to sign Swish.” Believe it or not, Smith actually saw this tweet, and he was apparently reading the comments.
When one user asked if he was retired, Smith noted that he is simply waiting on the phone to ring:
Somebody needs to sign Swish, @NBA ✍️
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) October 8, 2019
The Cavs waived Smith on July 15, just before his $15.6 million contract for next season became guaranteed. In doing so, Cleveland opened up a fair amount of cap space and moved under the luxury tax threshold for the first time in quite a while. The team tried to find a suitable trading partner for his services, but no deals came to fruition.
Smith played in just 11 games last season after stepping away from the Cavs in hopes of being traded or released. It was a mutual decision, according to reports, because he wasn’t happy with his role.
Though he hasn’t played in a while, Smith still has the ability to contribute on an NBA roster. He’s known as a streaky shooter. And when he gets hot, opposing sides know they can’t leave him open.
“Technically, my whole career’s been in limbo, so this is easy for me,” Smith said via NBA.com before playing in the All-Star Celebrity Softball Game.
Hopefully, that phone will ring sooner rather than later.