Cavaliers release statement on JR Smith situation

"I'll think about some of the good, I'll think about some of the bad, I'll think about some of the great that I had with the franchise".

The Cleveland Cavaliers and veteran wing J.R. Smith have agreed to part ways, Joe Vardon of The Athletic reports. I think we are playing some really good ball right now.

Smith, 33, is incensed because he believes the Cavs meant to tank this season, despite signaling the opposite to their players and rival teams last summer.

When LeBron James enters Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday for the first and only time this season there will be loud cheers and perhaps a smattering of boos.

He has played in four games this season, averaging 19 points and 13.5 rebounds. The team fired coach Tyronn Lue just six games into the season and All-Star Kevin Love has only played four games due to a toe injury after signing a four-year deal in the summer to remain with the team.

"The goal isn't to go out there and try to get as many wins as you can".

While Smith's contract is fairly tradeable, given it is partially guaranteed for next season, it's not a lock that a contender would welcome the opportunity to acquire the shot-happy guard. "I always ask him how he's doing, with his life, his health ... and just thank him". But the situation was inflamed Monday when Smith gave an interview to the Athletic in which he essentially accused the Cavs of tanking. He hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the second half of Game 7 against Golden State to cut an eight-point deficit to two, and the Cavs went on to win on Kyrie Irving's late 3-pointer.

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