HoopsHype JR Smith rumors

January 7, 2015 Updates

Smith ended up being fined $50,000 for the shoelace stunt, but Marion, now teammates with Smith following the Cleveland Cavaliers' three-team trade with the New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, said Smith's hijinks never bothered him. "That was irrelevant," Marion said Wednesday. "You all blew it out of proportion. He was joking on the floor and that's all it was. You all tried to make something out of nothing and it's kind of messed up. He got labeled. You all made it into a big negative and it was just a horseplay thing. That's kind of messed up." ESPN.com

“I think they could’ve gotten more for those guys,” one veteran NBA employee said of the Knicks. He then went on to question how the moves affect David Blatt’s rotation, particularly since he hasn’t really established one at any point this season. “He can’t play more than five on the wing,” he said. “Kyrie and LeBron obviously, and he’s still going to play [Matthew] Dellavedova. That leaves two spots for [Shawn] Marion, J.R., Shumpert and [Mike] Miller. So who sits?” Akron Beacon Journal

January 6, 2015 Updates

Chris Smith said his brother, J.R. Smith, has “mixed emotions’’ leaving the Knicks but realizes he has a chance “to do something special.’’ With the Knicks in full tank mode, Smith, native of Freehold, NJ, is joining LeBron James in Cleveland, along with Iman Shumpert. “I’m happy for him,’’ Chris Smith told The Post. “It’s a bitter feeling when you have to leave New York. It’s home. He didn’t want to leave, really. At the same time, he has chance to win a championship and have a new beginning. It’s his time again,’’ the younger brother added. New York Post

JR Smith: This Movie Is Never Over! #ToBeContinued #TheLand http://instagram.com/p/xhmPwmNfEv/ Instagram

Shane Larkin: Much respect goes out to the 2 homies @JR Smith and @Iman Shumpert .. Didn't get to suit up with them for as long as I could have wished but while we were teammates it was always a pleasure. Truly 2 guys who wanted nothing more than to win and help their teammates out in any way possible. Cleveland is getting 2 great players. Gonna miss yall, and good luck!! #TAPE http://instagram.com/p/xhh8jDHOyC/ Instagram

Team officials spoke with LeBron James about his willingness to play alongside Smith before executing the deal, sources said. "We wish Dion the best as he continues his career with the Thunder and thank him for his effort and work here with the Cavaliers," Cavs general manager David Griffin told reporters Monday night. "Dion is a talented player with potential ahead of him. Trades like this are always difficult to make because there are relationships and bonds built, and that was the case with Dion. "At the same time, we're very excited to welcome Iman and J.R. to Cleveland. With their size and versatility, we think both Iman and J.R. can help our team on both ends of the court, and we look forward to them joining us." ESPN.com

JR Smith: I want to thank Mr. Dolan and the Knicks organization for giving me the opportunity to play for such a storied franchise over the past few seasons. I want to thank my teammates for their support and guidance. Most importantly, I want thank the fans of New York who are some of the most passionate basketball fans in the world. Playing in my hometown has been incredibly special and I will be forever grateful for having had the chance to wear a Knicks uniform. Though I look forward to starting a new chapter in Cleveland to join some of the best talent in the game in the quest for an NBA Championship, this great experience in New York will always stay with me. Thank you again, fans. Your support means the world. HoopsHype

So the three teams got together and reached an agreement on a three-team, six-player trade on Monday that will send guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the Knicks to the Cavaliers, and guard Dion Waiters will go from Cleveland to Oklahoma City. As part of the deal, Cleveland will trade forward Lou Amundson and center Alex Kirk to New York, and the Thunder will send forward Lance Thomas to the Knicks. Cleveland also receives a protected first-round pick from Oklahoma City, and the Knicks will acquire a second-round pick from the Cavaliers. USA Today Sports

January 5, 2015 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired guards Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith from the New York Knicks and a protected 2015 first round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder. In exchange, the Cavs will send guard Dion Waiters to the Thunder, and Lou Amundson, Alex Kirk and its own 2019 second round pick to the Knicks. New York will also receive forward Lance Thomas from Oklahoma City. NBA.com

New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has acquired forward Lou Amundson, center Alex Kirk and a 2019 second-round draft choice from Cleveland and forward Lance Thomas from Oklahoma City as part of a three-team trade. Guards Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith were sent from New York to Cleveland and guard Dion Waiters from Cleveland to Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City also sent Cleveland a future first-round draft choice. In addition, center Samuel Dalembert has been waived. NBA.com

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