J.R. Smith Traded to the Cavs in Three-Team Deal

at 12:04 pm | By

J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks celebrates scoring a three pointer against the Dallas Mavericks

J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks celebrates scoring a three pointer against the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden on February 19, 2012. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Oklahoma City Thunder completed a three-team, six-player trade Monday (Jan. 5), which resulted in Knickerbocker J.R. Smith being sent to the Cavaliers. Cavs shooting guard Dion Waiters was also included in the deal, being traded to the Thunder.

The Knicks gave up Smith and guard Iman Shumpert to the Cavs while also getting a protected 2015 first-round draft pick from the Thunder. The Knicks received two players from the Cavs, forward Lou Amundson and center Alex Kirk, along with a 2019 second-round pick. Also, the Knicks acquired forward Lance Thomas from the Thunder.

The struggling 19-16 Cavs are getting Smith who can play on both sides of the court. Waiters, a No. 4 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, was coming off the bench for the Cavs and should be a good fit for the Thunder.

The Cavs are getting a very versatile player in Smith, but the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2012-13 is only averaging 10.9 points a game this season. Nonetheless, Smith wasn’t going anywhere on the Knicks who are currently 5-32.

Interested in seeing how skilled J.R. Smith actually is? Check out the music video from Milford Jerome “So Right”…


Like our Videos...

Share