Cleveland Cavaliers announce JR Smith no longer with the team

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JR Smith has been openly pushing for the Cleveland Cavaliers to give him an opportunity to play elsewhere, and the team has confirmed that they will do just that.

Disgruntled Cavaliers forward J.R. Smith has gotten his wish: He is parting ways with Cleveland. Smith "will no longer play or attend the Cavs' games". James revealed in an article The Athletic's Joe Vardon published Monday he implored Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman not to trade Irving, especially to the Celtics, their Eastern Conference rivals.

The team will attempt to trade him and he will work out on his own - away from practice - until a trade occurs.

A source close to Smith said the split was "amicable", and the Cavs are simply "going in a different direction" from where Smith wanted to go. JR Smith isn't buying it.

Smith, 33, has publicly said that he wants a trade.

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The Cavaliers have the worst record in the league entering Tuesday at 2-13.

Smith signed a four-year, $57 million deal with the Cavs following the 2016 championship win. Coach Tyronn Lue was sacked last month and All-Star forward Kevin Love is sidelined indefinitely following foot surgery.

"I don't want my legacy to be remembered like that in Cleveland", Smith said. I don't think that's fair to the trainers or equipment guys.

The veteran's contract can be traded for his full 15.6 million dollar value and then waived for just under 4 million in guaranteed money next summer. "I don't like the statement of getting bought out".

James returns to Cleveland for the first time as a Lakers player on Wednesday.

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