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Bucks interested in JR Smith, per report

Posted at 6:24 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 19:24:03-05

MILWAUKEE -- Yes, you read correctly. The Milwaukee Bucks have expressed interest in Cleveland Cavaliers Guard JR Smith.

According to NBA writer Sam Amico, Smith would have to accept a buyout from the Cavs, something that most-likely won't happen. The Cavs could waive Smith, who has only played 11 games this year, but this doesn't benefit them either.

Smith has not played a game since November because he requested a trade due to the makeup of the team.

“I don’t think the goal is to win. The goal isn’t to go out there and try to get as many wins as you can,” said Smith. “I think the goal is to develop and lose to get lottery picks. I think that was always the plan.”

Due to his contract situation, the Cavs will try to trade him once the season is over.

If the Bucks did get the former NBA Champion, it would be for depth and three-point shooting. As for his minutes, that'd be up to Mike Budenholzer, but it'd be hard to see him having a major role heading into the postseason.