JR Smith has been finally waived after entirely missing the prior season as he tried to work out on a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers that could take him to a contending team, as his contract was really difficult to move.
So, now that Smith is finally a free agent and we all know that he’s not going to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, there are still a handful of teams that could make the most of his 3-and-D expertise.
Smith has always been a controversial subject in this league and there will be some signs of rust after missing that much time, but he could still have some value so check the best destinations where he could play next season.
5. Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic have put together a nice young core for this upcoming season, and they’ve already proven that they can make it to the playoffs if Nikola Vucevic has another great year like the one he had.
They already have a solid defense but the spacing has been a nightmare with their current roster, so they could definitely use a streaky sharpshooter like JR Smith.
4. Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns have some spare cash on their hands and now that they’ve signed Ricky Rubio and added a lot of depth in the offseason, they could try and make a run at the playoffs.
The defense has been an issue for the Suns for some years and Smith isn’t as fast as he used to be, but they could use him off the bench and he could be a pretty good addition for them.
3. Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz made some strong noise in the offseason after trading for Mike Conley and signing Bojan Bogdanovic, and they’re now one of the strongest teams in the Western Conference.
Still, after getting rid of Kyle Korver, they’re kind of shorthanded in terms of shooting, and that’s where JR Smith could come handy. Also, having him at Utah away from the New York or Los Angeles lifestyle will definitely help him focus.
2. Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks were two victories away from making it to the NBA Finals and there weren’t many areas for improvement coming off a season when they had the best record in the league.
However, after losing Malcolm Brogdon, they’re still kind of shorthanded at the backcourt spots and they need more shooters for Mike Budenholzer’s team, so he’d be a nice addition for them coming off the bench.
1. Los Angeles Clippers
And finally, JR Smith could join the Los Angeles Clippers to make this squad even deeper and scarier for the entire league, especially for his former teammate LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
If Smith wants to win another Championship before retiring, then joining the Clippers is the right move for him, as they’re the deepest team in the league with the most talent as well.