Worst Cavs cut ties with star guard in post-LeBron revamp


The Cavaliers announced in a statement Tuesday that Smith will no longer be with the organization while they work to find a trade for the 15-year veteran. "The goal isn't to go out there and try to get as many wins as you can", Smith said.

He said, "It's hard to be somewhere where you know they don't want you here", Smith said. "I don't like the statement of getting bought out". "I think that was always the plan". He will no longer play or attend the Cavs' games, which means he won't be there for LeBron James' return with the Lakers on Wednesday.

The 14-time National Basketball Association all-star, however, was keen to not pay too much attention to all the happenings off the court and wanted to look at it as just another game.

When then-coach Tyronn Lue, also in California at the time, found out what was about to happen, he drove out to see James and put him on the phone with Cavs general manager Koby Altman.

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With Smith gone, the Cavaliers have just three players - Love, Tristan Thompson and Channing Frye - left from their title team.

In a recent interview with Rachel Nichols of ESPN, Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love revealed that he won't be returning from his foot injury until some time after the new year. He had publicly stated that he wanted out of Cleveland but was reluctant to accept a buyout.

Smith signed that four-year, $57 million deal after playing an integral role in the Cavs' championship season. He missed 45 games because of injuries the previous two seasons. JR Smith isn't buying it. That culminated with Smith not knowing the score and failing to call timeout late in regulation of Game 1 of the 2018 Finals against the Warriors, who went on to sweep the Cavs.

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