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Cavaliers still looking to deal JR Smith ahead of Thursday's NBA trade deadline

Cavaliers still looking to deal JR Smith ahead of Thursday's NBA trade deadline
Published On: Thu, Feb 07
Jun 22, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) talks to the crowd during the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA championship celebration in downtown Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Even after agreeing to their fourth trade this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers stayed busy on deadline eve, looking to find a new home for exiled swingman JR Smith, and the front office will continue with that goal up until 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, league sources toldA cleveland.com.A 

Smith, who hasn't played organized basketball since Nov. 19, 2018 and was recently spotted at Madison Square Garden as a fan, doesn't have nearly as much value as some of the other pieces the Cavs have moved recently. Finding a trade partner is "easier said than done," according to one source.

But numerous teams entered trade season looking to either free up cap space for 2019 free agency or to lower their luxury tax bill.

That was Houston's goal in theA three-team deal with the CavaliersA on Wednesday evening. The Rockets, so desperate to get out from under Brandon Knight's bulky contract (owed nearly $16 million in the 2019-20 season), attached a first-round pick as a sweetener. The deal, which also brought Iman Shumpert to Houston, will end up saving the Rockets around $6 million towards the luxury tax.

Later in the night, the Washington Wizards made a deal involving Markieff Morris to get beneath the tax threshold.

The CavsA are hoping other teams take that same approach on Thursday afternoon, which gives them at least slim hope that Smith, who possesses a unique contract, could be the fallback option if other deals to get off salary don't materialize.A 

For the 2019-20 season, Smith's contract is $15.6 million, but contains a partial guarantee worth $3.8 million, allowing whichever team takes him -- if there is one willing to do that -- to release eventually him without much of a cap hit.A 

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