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.
J.R. Smith holds no value in the trade market as it is now, and oh have the Cavs tried to move him, but it's a tough sell, given he's coming out of the worst two seasons of his professional career and an aging player. "They know. They don't want me here, so they obviously know". It seems Smith doesn't want to wait until February, though.
The five-time All-Star signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension this summer. The Cavs recently fired Ty Lue after having disputes with the team's front office on whether to play the vets in hopes of being competitive or rebooting the team and feature the young guys.
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.
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"[Altman] does not want to pick up your option", Lue said in the voicemail, per the filing. Smith is one of several veterans on the Cavaliers' roster that is being shopped around in trade talks around the league.
Smith said the hardest part is that he is not getting a chance to compete anymore, which has led to his trade request.
Smith has had a rocky relationship with Cleveland fans, some of whom love his care-free spirit while others still blame him for losing track of the score in the closing seconds of Game 1 in last year's NBA Finals. He's making $14.7 million this season, and his $15.6 million contract for 2019-20 is partially guaranteed for $3.8 million.