By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Cleveland 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 Tuesday night.
This is the second-time Smith has made his trade demands known.
“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 Cavaliers thought that the team could win. That’s why they signed Kevin Love to an extension.
However, since the season started, Love has gotten injured. And Tyronn Lue was fired after just six games into the season.
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.
With the playing time going to the younger players, 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.
He does not want to be a part of the Cavaliers anymore.
“Not if the goal isn’t to compete, to win,” he said, according to The Athletic.
Smith is making $14.7 million this season. He is hoping to be moved prior to the February 7th trade deadline.
“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.”
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