By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon, Cleveland Cavaliers swingman J.R. Smith is no longer with the team. The team is working on a trade.
Smith has been saying he has been wanting a trade since the team’s tailspin.
The news has come one day after he said that he wanted a trade for the second-time. Smith has been reluctant to receiving a buy out from the team.
“I don’t want my legacy to be remembered like that in Cleveland,” Smith said, according to the website. “I don’t think that’s fair to the people I see every single day walking around the arena. I don’t think that’s fair to the trainers or equipment guys. … I just look at it differently than being traded. I don’t like the statement of getting bought out.”
Smith is making $14.7 million this season.
Smith is playing just 20 minutes a game. He is also averaging 6.7 points per game with 1.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game.
The Cavaliers have been a disaster this season without LeBron James. The legend signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in the off-season.
The Cavaliers are presently 2-13 on the season. They were defeated 113-102 by the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.
“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,” Smith told The Athletic on Monday. “I think the goal is to develop and lose to get lottery picks. I think that was always the plan.”
The veteran players are seeing their playing time given to the younger players.
They also reportedly had a “promise deal” with Kyle Korver. The agreement was if James signed elsewhere, he would get bought out or traded. Neither has taken place.
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