JR Smith admits he'd like to be traded from Cavs

Virginia Santiago
November 3, 2018

Cleveland guard JR Smith told reporters Thursday, November 1, he'd like to be traded from a Cavs team that appears determined not to use him, an admission that could see him fined by the National Basketball Association.

It also doesn't help that Smith was one of several veterans that Lue was trying to play over the youngsters, a decision that reportedly led to his firing by general manager Koby Altman.

"They know", Smith said following shootaround. He wants to go younger in that position and, you know, find somebody who's a grinder and younger in that position.

Discussing his dissatisfaction with his playing time this season, Smith was asked if he wanted to be traded.

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Smith, who is just one of three Cavs left from the 2016 title team, said he was given the option to leave the team by Cleveland's front office.

Love's injury and extended recovery are going to make things even tougher on a team that is 1-7 and regrouping after coach Tyronn Lue was sacked Sunday.

The 33-year-old Smith said he was told earlier this season that the Cavs would be focused on playing their younger players to develop them for the future.

"[Altman] does not want to pick up your option", Lue said in the voicemail, per the filing. Regardless how hard it is to walk in here and actually put on, as hard as it may sound, to put on a Cavs jersey or shirt. "I can't do that to the fans".

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A native of Freehold Borough, NJ, Smith is in his 15th National Basketball Association season and fifth with the Cavaliers.

Smith is averaging a career-low 2.5 points per game on 23.1 percent shooting this season.

Smith is signed through the 2019-20 season, but the final year of his contract is only guaranteed for a little less than $4 million, per Spotrac.

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