WATCH: JR Smith working out in hopes of getting a call from a team
JR Smith has been out of the NBA since July, when he was waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The former champion isn’t just laying around, though. He’s keeping himself in playing shape, hoping for a call from a team in need.
Smith was recently spotted at a workout facility in New York. The 34-year-old guard has been out of the league for a while, but it’s clear that he can still shoot the three ball.
Patiently waiting, @teamswish is ready! Jr can still shoot the ball VERY well! He can still put the ball on the floor & get past his defender. Always been a willing & active defender. At this point, he is bound to get a call from a team that could use his skill set 🎯 pic.twitter.com/rVxWs06kKW
— Chris Brickley (@Cbrickley603) December 2, 2019
In October, Bleacher Report posted an image that Smith had sent out on his Instagram account. In their caption, Bleacher Report wrote, “Someone needs to sign Swish.” Believe it or not, Swish actually saw this tweet, and he was 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 made just 11 appearances with the Cavs last season, racking up averages of 6.7 points on 34.2 percent shooting from the field (30.8 percent from beyond the arc), 1.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per outing.
Aside from having a hot hand from the perimeter, Smith is also a good defender. Several teams were said to be interested in his services at the start of this season, including the Lakers and Rockets. However, he remains without a deal.