JR Smith and the Cleveland Cavaliers have mutually agreed for him to leave the team as both sides work to find a trade.
The team issued a statement Tuesday acknowledging the arrangement.
#Cavs announce @TheRealJRSmith will no longer be with the team.
Full release: https://t.co/gMrvBMJPsn pic.twitter.com/JqTyoxqWZR
— Joe Gabriele (@CavsJoeG) November 20, 2018
Smith and the Cavaliers’ front office have been at odds all season. General manager Koby Altman previously discussed him leaving the team and Smith had chosen to remain.
But the situation was inflamed Monday when Smith gave an interview to The Athletic in which he essentially accused the Cavs of tanking.
NBA Could Fine J.R. Smith for Wanting to be Traded https://t.co/YtmrPddrhS
— SportsGossip.com (@sportsgossip) November 1, 2018
Smith, who played just six minutes in the Cavs’ loss in Detroit, had already requested a trade and now will work out privately until one can be implemented.
No real winner wants to be part of a tanking or rebuild situation.
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