Reports: Cavaliers waive JR Smith

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived veteran guard JR Smith, according to reports from Shams Charania and Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

The Cavaliers reportedly had hoped to find a trade destination for Smith before the waiver deadline at 5 p.m. ET on Monday.

If Smith clears waivers, he will be able to sign a new deal with any team. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Smith is “unlikely” to re-join his former teammate LeBron James in L.A. with the Lakers.

The 33-year-old guard played in just 11 games last season after he requested a trade in November. The Cavaliers refused his request and said at the time that Smith would, “no longer be with the team as the organization works with JR and his representation regarding his future.”

Smith was a key contributor during the Cavaliers’ championship run in 2016 and he averaged 8.3 points on 37.5-percent from 3-point over 80 games during the 2017-18 season

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