Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith will be leaving the team as the two sides explore his market after resolving in a peaceful settlement.
Smith has grown accustomed to playing winning basketball. Since coming over in a midseason trade in 2015, he has appeared in four consecutive NBA Finals, helping the Cavs win their first title in 2016. That, of course, came while four-time NBA MVP LeBron James was in suiting up for his home-state team.
Now that James is a Los Angeles Laker, Cleveland (2-13) owns the worst record in the NBA and has been looking to give playing time to younger players over ageing veterans. That meant Smith and others would see fewer minutes, and former head coach Tyronn Lue lost his job just six games into the 2018-19 season.
In 11 games, Smith is averaging 6.7 points and 1.9 assists in 20.2 minutes per contest.
Smith is under contract for $14.72 million this season and has a $15.68 million salary (only $3.87 million is guaranteed) for 2019-20, per Spotrac.