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Realistic Trade Destinations for Cavs Guard JR Smith Following Latest Update

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It's no secret Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been unhappy in Cleveland this year. He has made hints in interviews earlier in the year that he wouldn't mind being traded. It's now being reported that Smith has left the Cavs and will not be returning. He will sit out until a trade can be completed to another team. Now that he is for sure no longer going to suit up for the Cavs, lets take a look at some possible trade destinations for the disgruntled guard. 

3. Detroit Pistons

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The Pistons have already dealt with injuries to shooting guards Reggie Bullock and Luke Kennard early this season. Even with Bullock back to full health, Smith can provide a nice 3-point option for this team that has monsters Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin down low. When he wants to, J.R. can play exceptional defense, and that would certainly be a welcome addition to this gritty bunch. 

2. Houston Rockets

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Needless to say, J.R.'s "I've never seen a shot I don't like" mentality would be a perfect fit with Rockets' head coach Mike D'Antoni. This team is off to one of the slower starts of any team with realistic title aspirations, so adding Smith could provide help with three point shooting where the Rockets are currently tied for 23rd in the NBA at 33.7 percent. Then again, some may view him as a Carmelo Anthony replacement, an experiment that clearly didn't go well in Houston.

1. Oklahoma City Thunder

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OKC could always use help in order to lift the burden off the shoulders of Russell Westbrook and Paul George. This team is dead-last in the NBA in three-point percentage (31.2). That's much worse than their 35.4 percent-mark last season, which was tied for fifth-worst. J.R.'s skill set would work on the first unit with Russ (when he returns) and George or on the second unit adding some needed offensive versatility. Either way J.R. could live on the perimeter while one of them drives to the hole with the option to kick it outside. 


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