J.R. Smith has been out of NBA action for over six months. That could all change in the summer when the Cleveland Cavaliers dangle the 33-year-old swingman for trade. However, there are suggestions that even that scenario holds no promise that he will continue to play pro ball.

According to The Athletic, Smith's situation all boils down to money. Even if a trade is consummated, the temperamental player could find himself getting released by the team which would eventually land him. He is in the final year of his four-year contract which guarantees him $3.87 million out of the $15.68 million he is scheduled to make. However, this matters only if a trade does happen. att

There is another scenario that beckons for Smith. In the event that there are no takers, the Cavs could opt to add that $3.8 million tab on their cap or stretch it, Cleveland.com reported. In all, it is all about the remaining money on Smith's contract. Either the Cavs pick it up or the team which gambles on the NBA veteran.

The two scenarios are what the Cavs and Smith are facing. A reunion is out of the question since Smith burned bridges when he accused Cleveland of deliberately tanking. While it all does make sense, Smith found himself in the doghouse with no takers. Could the scenario be different in the offseason?

At 33, there is no question that any NBA team could still take a chance on Smith. When focused, he can hit the clutch shots. But there are plenty of questions on the table. One is the conditioning that he is in and how well he can blend in with another team's system.

If taken in, Smith also needs to broaden his perspective. He is likely to come off the bench and tasked to mentor up and coming players. His playing minutes may not be that extensive, hinting that he will be taken in mainly to spell yuppies and guide them for the benefit of the team. These are the realities that Smith has to face if he wants to continue playing NBA ball.

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J.R. Smith's future will hinge on which team will still want him in the NBA offseason. JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers warms up prior to Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Getty Images/Jason Miller

There are several teams who could use someone like Smith. That includes the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors or Milwaukee Bucks. These teams have a bunch of players who need direction and Smith could be of big help if he does get traded or plucked from NBA free agency.