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According to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, the Bucks “have desire in Smith, sources said, though Smith and the Cavs are not near on a buyout. There is very little incentive for Cleveland to obtain him out, and at this stage in his lifetime, NBA cash is important to Smith.”
Per Spotrac, Smith is guaranteed $3.8 million following period, with his full $15.6 million agreement turning into assured if he’s even now on the roster after June 30.
Vardon broke down Cleveland’s selections:
“…There is fantastic cause to keep on to him for the rest of the period, and then test to trade him right before July 1. If they are unsuccessful, then they either waive him by June 30, spending him the $3.9 million to wander, they consider on his whole agreement with the hope of becoming ready to trade it by the February deadline following period, or they preserve him previous July 1 in an work to trade him by a late August deadline to ‘waive and stretch’ his agreement.”
Minus the “waive and stretch” route—which would in essence spend out Smith’s remaining salary around 3 decades, rather than 1, and permit the Cavs to lower him this offseason—those selections would probably be less expensive than agreeing to a buyout settlement, with Vardon reporting that Smith would be ready to give up about $1 million of the remaining cash Cleveland owes him.
The 33-calendar year-aged has in essence been in an agreed-upon exile from the tanking Cavaliers considering that mid-November. He appeared in just 11 video games (four begins) for the Cavs this period, averaging 6.7 factors for every activity.
Smith is very little far more than a nice depth player at this issue, but he is even now capable of providing minutes to a contender. The streaky shooter hit on 37.5 % of his threes previous period, though this calendar year he was battling from deep (30.8 %) in his limited appearances.
In Milwaukee he could offer nice depth on the wing, coming off the bench at the rear of players like Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon. He would struggle for time with players like Tony Snell and Sterling Brown, but his playoff practical experience would be a nice bonus for a first-area Bucks workforce that hasn’t gotten previous the first spherical of the playoffs considering that the 2000-01 period.