JR Smith doesn't believe Cavaliers' talk of making playoffs

JR Smith on Cleveland Cavaliers Tanking 'was always the plan'

The Cleveland Cavaliers and veteran wing J.R. Smith have agreed to part ways, Joe Vardon of The Athletic reports.

The 33-year old guard is averaging a career-low 6.7 points per game in roughly 20 minutes of action per night, which is the least amount of court-time he has seen since the 2007-08 season.

A loss to the Pistons on Monday dropped the Cavs to 2-13, the worst record in the league.

The Cavs wished Smith and his family well and thanked him for his contributions. He won't play or attend Cavs games, including Wednesday's return by James to Cleveland with his new Los Angeles Lakers teammates.

Smith has been at odds with the front office for the entire season.

Smith played a key role in their championship, scoring eight points in the third quarter of Game 7 to get the Cavaliers back in the game.

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His move to the Lakers in the off-season broke Cavs fans' hearts.

"I don't think the goal is to win", Smith told The Athletic.

It sounds like the Cleveland Cavaliers will have to wait even longer than initially planned for All-Star Kevin Love to return to the court.

With Smith gone, the Cavaliers have just three players - Love, Tristan Thompson and Channing Frye - left from their title team. I think we are playing some really good ball right now. He doesn't want a buyout, so the Cavs will attempt to trade him. "I don't like the statement of getting bought out". "The goal isn't to go out there and try to get as many wins as possible. I think that was always the plan".

The JR Smith era in Cleveland has come to an end as the wine and gold have announced that swish will no longer be with the team.

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