Cleveland Cavs waive JR Smith after trade talks fizzle

Cleveland Cavs waive JR Smith after trade talks fizzle
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith (5) dribbles to the basket during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Cleveland. Unhappy with his new role, Smith said he hopes the team trades him. Smith hasn’t formally requested a trade, but said Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, that Cleveland’s front office knows he wants out. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin, File) (Source: Scott R. Galvin)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived guard JR Smith, according to Cavs’ General Manager Koby Altman.

Smith (6-6, 225) played in 11 games (four starts) for Cleveland last season and averaged 6.7 points in 20.2 minutes per game, according to Cavs’ spokesperson Cherome Owens.

He was originally acquired by the Cavaliers in a three-team trade with New York and Oklahoma City in January 2015, and in his four-plus seasons with the team, he appeared in 255 games (222 starts), averaging 10.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 29.3 minutes per game.

Smith was a starter on the Cavaliers’ four consecutive NBA Finals teams (2015-2018), which included the franchise’s first-ever NBA Championship in 2016.

The Cavs were eyeing a trade for months because only a portion of his $15.6 million for next year is guaranteed.

However, a trade deal never came to fruition, and Smith was waived

He is now a free agent.

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