J.R. Smith might re-launch his NBA career in a place that’s having some basketball problems.
The Houston Rockets have expressed interest in trading for the Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard, The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported Monday via Twitter, citing NBA sources.
Smith fell out with the Cavs after their dramatic change of direction — from a playoff hopeful into an all-out rebuilding team — and the reduction of his playing time this season. He has been away from the Cavs in recent weeks as he awaits a trade to a contender.
Houston was expected to contend for the NBA championship this season, but its slow start to the season — its record is 11-14 — has convinced many the team must add pieces in order to live up to the high standards it set in the previous four campaigns.
Whether Houston will acquire Smith or how well he’ll fit in with the team remains to be seen, but its link represents a gamble among two parties that have no choice but to shake up things in order to revive their chances for success.