J.R. Smith, who helped the Cleveland Cavaliers win the 2016 National Basketball Association title, will no longer play for the league-worst Cavs as they try to rebuild after losing superstar LeBron James.
The Cavs wished Smith and his family well and thanked him for his contributions.
Smith will remain on the roster and his salary will count toward the cap, but he will no longer practice, play or be in the locker room as the Cavs seek a trade or buyout.
While Smith's contract is fairly tradeable, given it is partially guaranteed for next season, it's not a lock that a contender would welcome the opportunity to acquire the shot-happy guard.
"I don't want my legacy to be remembered like that in Cleveland", Smith said. He won't play or attend Cavs games, including Wednesday's return by James to Cleveland with his new Los Angeles Lakers teammates.
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The news comes in the wake of Smith telling The Athletic's Jason Lloyd that he doesn't believe the team is trying to win games. "The goal isn't to go out there and try to get as many wins as possible. I think that was always the plan".
Smith's unhappiness had created another distraction in a stormy season for Cleveland, which is a league-worst 2-13 and has been blown out numerous times. But Love has been hurt, and coach Tyronn Lue was sacked.
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He has struggled in 11 games this season, averaging 6.7 points on 34.2 per cent shooting in just over 20 minutes a night.