J.R. Smith parting ways with Cleveland Cavaliers


Smith won't be in uniform.

Smith would like to be traded away from Cleveland, as this move shows, but he isn't interested in negotiating a buyout in order to expedite his own exit. Prior to his return to Cleveland to take on his former team, the Cavs, James stopped by the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio - a school he was instrumental in creating.

"I don't try to put too much into it", James told reporters of his return to Cleveland. I think we are playing some really good ball right now. "I'll see some familiar faces like I did when I arrived [in Miami on Sunday]".

Smith said at the time, he was told he would not be in the rotation after the third game. Kevin Love said of J.R. Smith.

He has struggled in 11 games this season, averaging 6.7 points on 34.2 per cent shooting in just over 20 minutes a night.

His move to the Lakers in the off-season broke Cavs fans' hearts. Cleveland wound up losing in overtime and got swept by the Warriors. I'll see some of my family that's going to come to the games.

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The move comes hours after the release of an interview with Smith by The Athletic that featured him saying the Cavs, 2-13 overall and 0-8 on the road, were trying to lose.

With Smith gone, the Cavaliers have just three players - Love, Tristan Thompson and Channing Frye - left from their title team.

Smith and the Cavs front office have been at odds all season. "The goal isn't to go out there and try to get as many wins as possible. I think that was always the plan".

Smith, 33, is earning $14.7 this season and has a contract for $15.7 million next season, but only $3.9 million of the latter is guaranteed.

The piece goes on to explain that Irving did, in fact, want out of Cleveland, even threatening to undergo knee surgery and miss a healthy chunk of the 2017-18 season if he wasn't dealt.