It looks like JR. Smith is finally going to get his wish to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The team said Tuesday that the disgruntled forward, who had requested to be traded earlier this season, “will no longer be with team as the organization works with JR and his representation regarding his future.”
The Cavaliers will try to trade Smith. He will make $14.7 million this season, and $3.8 million of his $15.6 million salary for next season is guaranteed.
JR has voiced his dismay with his reduced role on the team as the Cavs rebuild in their first season since LeBron James left for the second time as a free agent and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.
If y’all remember, the Cavs fired coach Tyronn Lue last month following a 0-6 start, and the team has been riddled with injuries, the most prominent to All-Star forward Kevin Love, who remains out indefinitely following foot surgery.
JR came to the Cavs in a trade from the New York Knicks in 2015. While his play has been inconsistent, he was a major contributor on Cleveland’s 2016 championship team. He made two 3-pointers early in the second half of Game 7 against the Warriors, helping secure the win and help the Cavs become the first team in league history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit.