After helping the team to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances and one title, veteran guard J.R. Smith’s days with the Cleveland Cavaliers are over.
According to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, Smith is now officially away from the Cavaliers as he helps facilitate a trade to another team.
JR Smith will no longer be actively with the Cavs, a league source tells me. He is working with the team to trade him, and in the meantime will work out on his own
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) November 20, 2018
Smith, 33, was taken out of Cleveland’s rotation earlier in the season and has only suited up for 11 games. He’s averaging just 6.7 points on 34 percent shooting from the field. Smith’s best season came back in 2012-13 with the Knicks when he averaged 18.1 points per outing.
Unfortunately, the Cavs might have a hard time finding a trade partner. Smith counts $14.72 million against the cap this season and has a guarantee of $3.87 million for next season.