The Cleveland Cavaliers completed a three-team trade on Monday with the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks.
The Cavs sent guard Dion Waiters to the Thunder, and sent Lou Amundson, and Alex Kirk and their own 2019 second round pick to the Knicks.
In return the Cavaliers received guards Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith from the Knicks and a protected 2015 first round pick from the Thunder.
So who are these guys? J.R. Smith is an 11-year veteran, he came into the league straight out of High School and was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets in 2004. Smith's longest stint with a team came in 2006 when he was traded to the Denver Nuggets, he spent five years in Denver and averaged 13.68 points a game for them.
During the 2011 NBA lockout, Smith signed with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association. Five days after this team was eliminated from playoff contention, Smith signed a deal with the New York Knicks.
J.R Smith brings attitude and toughness with solid defense. Smith has only started 173 games out of a 716 games played. His best season game in the 2012-2013 season where he played 80 games and did not start a single one, Smith averaged 18.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assist per game.
Iman Shumpert is in his fourth season, he was drafted in the first round by the Knicks in 2011. Shumpert brings size at the guard position and stellar defense that the Cavs desperately need. Coming out of High School he was rated No. 15 among nation's senior players by
and No.26 by
The former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket started in 162 of 202 games played in his three and a half years with the Knicks. Currently Shumpert is suffering from a dislocated shoulder, but is close to coming back.
Shumpert averages 7.9 points, 3.5 rebounds 2.2 assist, and 1.3 steals a game. Shumpert is just hitting his stride, he was on his way to his best season up until the shoulder injury.