The Cleveland Cavaliers are already receiving trade calls on J.R. Smith. The Cavaliers believed they would receive better offers for Smith and his unique contract in the offseason rather than the trade deadline.
Smith's contract counts for more than $15 million for trade purposes but the receiving team will only be committed to paying him $3.8 million. Smith's contract with grandfathered into the current CBA when it comes to salary matching. The receiving team can stretch Smith's $3.8 million over three years to create even more cap space.