JR Smith and the Cleveland Cavaliers have mutually agreed for him to leave the team as both sides are working on a trade deal according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
JR Smith went to four straight NBA titles, he officially requested the franchise asking for a trade. Smith also thinks Cleveland has been tanking.
He went on to further say, “I don’t think the goal is to win. The goal isn’t to go out there and try to get as many wins as you can. I think the goal is to develop and lose to get lottery picks. I think that was always the plan.”
When asked if he wants to be part of the team moving forward, Smith said, “Not if the goal isn’t to compete, to win.”
Cleveland Cavaliers issued a statement about the trade agreement on Tuesday.
“The organization wishes JR and his family well and appreciates and thanks him for his contributions in the community, to the team and his role in the 2016 NBA Championship,” the statement said.
This season has been nothing sort of disaster for the Cavs. Kevin Love is out for a while due to toe surgery and they also fired their head coach a few weeks ago, and they stand at a dismal 2-13 on the year.