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January 9, 2015 Updates
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Smith admitted when he was traded Monday along with Iman Shumpert to the Cavaliers he was upset, mainly because of his longtime friendship with Carmelo Anthony. “I was upset that I don’t get to play with my best friend who I’ve played with for the last nine or 10 years,’’ he said. “We’ve been together so long and we complemented each other so well from the inside out game. “Off the court too, we hung at each other’s houses. “Last year we had more of an effort thing,’’ he said of the Knicks. “Maybe we were locked into what we were supposed to be. This year we were trying to do the right thing, there were just too many things going around.’’ New York Post

Until James strolled into Cleveland's locker room Wednesday night, the Cavaliers lived much of this without him. He said he hadn't talked to Waiters since the trade Monday night and "I haven't reached out to anybody." We don't know whom he calls or texts, but James' interactions with his Cavs teammates may have been limited to a shoutout on Instagram last Friday – Day 2 of his rehab program – and some tweets on Wednesday asking fans to vote for Love and Irving for next month's All-Star Game in New York. Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 7, 2015 Updates

The Beacon Journal reached out to a collection of NBA personnel to gauge the reaction to Monday’s deal that sent Waiters to the Thunder and brought Shumpert and Smith to Cleveland. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they work for other teams. “[Shumpert] is a good player. He’s a bit of a front runner. But he’ll pine to LeBron and make LeBron feel good,” one front office executive said. “He’s going to be like a running mate. I think he’s going to be good. I think the team got better — pretty significantly better. He’s injured forever going back to Georgia Tech, but that’s just the cost of doing business.” Akron Beacon Journal

“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

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

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

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