Published: Tue, November 20, 2018
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J.R. Smith No Longer Actively With Cavs

J.R. Smith No Longer Actively With Cavs

The team released the following statement moments ago: "The Cleveland Cavaliers announced today that JR Smith will no longer be with the team as the organization works with JR and his representation regarding his future". The directions change."

"The organization wishes J.R. and his family well and appreciates and thanks him for his contributions in the community, to the team and his role in the 2016 NBA Championship."

This is Smith's 15th National Basketball Association season. James revealed in an article The Athletic's Joe Vardon published Monday he implored Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman not to trade Irving, especially to the Celtics, their Eastern Conference rivals.

"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. "I think that was always the plan". He will make $14.7 million this season, and $3.8 million of his $15.6 million salary for next season is guaranteed.

Initially, it appeared that shipping out Thomas and Crowder at last year's trade deadline and bringing in Rodney Hood, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., in addition to having Kevin Love, Sexton, Tristan Thompson and up-and-comer Cedi Osman would allow the Cavs to potentially compete for an Eastern Conference postseason birth.

Nonetheless, losing potentially the two best players the Cavaliers have ever had (potentially we can say that by the time Irving retires) has put Cleveland suddenly in a need for a drastic rebuild. Lue favored played veteran players like Smith, Kyle Korver and Channing Frye while the front office preferred the Cavs play younger players.

The Cavaliers have the worst record in the league entering Tuesday at 2-13. Due to a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland will have a pick in the upcoming draft if the pick is in the top 10, but only in that range.

While he understands the business side of basketball, Smith reiterated that he wants no part in Cleveland's plans as long as they involve giving less than 100 percent.

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.

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