J.R. Smith Tells Reporters He's Hoping to Be Traded from Cleveland


According to the suit, head coach Tyronn Lue, who was sacked on Sunday, left Boylan a voicemail informing him on the decision on June 17. The enigmatic guard said he hasn't formally requested a trade by Cleveland's front office because the Cavs are already aware of his feelings.

Smith said that the team asked if he'd like to be moved and he declined. "I just worry about what I can control, worry about being a good vet to these young guys who are playing - cheer for 'em, help 'em as much as they want me to help. And he said he does not want to pick the option up for I guess it's 500 or - I'm not sure". "They don't want me, so they obviously know".

In four games this season, Love is averaging 19.0 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 32.3 percent from the field, 29.2 percent from beyond the arc and 81.8 percent from the free-throw line.

It seems as if the Cavaliers don't plan on playing Smith and he appears to have no interest in spending his final National Basketball Association seasons as a benchwarmer for a lottery team.

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"Fortunately I to a great crew of people, former teammates, teammates, former coaches, lot of people in my ear that's helped me to go through this process", Smith told reporters.

Discussing his dissatisfaction with his playing time this season, Smith was asked if he wanted to be traded. "I can't do that to the fans".

The Cavs signed Kevin Love to a four-year, $120 million extension in the offseason, meaning the franchise will now pay the stretch forward roughly $145 million over the next five seasons.

The 6-foot-6 veteran has started 218 of 248 games since the Cavs acquired him in 2015.