The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived veteran guard JR Smith, according to reports from Shams Charania and Joe Vardon of The Athletic.
Sources: The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived JR Smith, making him a free agent. Cavs had been attempting to move Smith all the way up until the 5 p.m. ET waiver deadline today.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 15, 2019
Barring a last-minute trade, the Cavs are expected to waive JR Smith today, a league source said.
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) July 15, 2019
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.
Once guard JR Smith clears waivers, the Los Angeles Lakers are an unlikely destination, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 15, 2019
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.