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J.R. Smith Reveals He Wants Trade From Cleveland Cavaliers

03 November 2018
J.R. Smith Reveals He Wants Trade From Cleveland Cavaliers

J.R. Smith has added another tier to the Cavaliers' mounting troubles.

Discussing his dissatisfaction with his playing time this season, Smith was asked if he wanted to be traded.

The five-time All-Star signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension this summer. The franchise has opted to play its younger players in hopes of starting the rebuilding process and Smith's decreased playing time is a direct result of this.

Despite having an unfortunate contract, Smith still has some value in today's National Basketball Association and could help a number of different teams.

Smith said the hardest part is that he is not getting a chance to compete anymore, which has led to his trade request. He was briefly in the rotation before coach Tyronn Lue was sacked on Sunday.

Love played in four games this season, averaging 19 points and 13.5 rebounds. ESPN reported about the suit on Friday, in which Boylan says he was told he was let go in a voicemail by Lue, who admitted that the team wanted a youth movement behind the bench.

In December, the Cavaliers expect to announce an update on Love's timeline to return to the court after treatment and rehabilitation.

"It's not about me, it's not about who wants me here and who doesn't want me here".

Smith has had a rocky relationship with Cleveland fans, some of whom love his care-free spirit while others still blame him for losing track of the score in the closing seconds of Game 1 in last year's NBA Finals.

Smith, 33, is in his 15th season and making $14.7 million.