JR Smith and the Cleveland Cavaliers have mutually agreed to part ways.
The team issued a statement Tuesday acknowledging the arrangement which read, “The organization wishes JR and his family well and appreciates and thanks him for his contributions in the community, to the team and his role in the 2016 NBA Championship.”
General manager Koby Altman previously discussed Smith leaving the team, Smith chose to remain. Sources say the he relationship went south quickly Monday, when Smith gave an interview to The Athletic. Smith was quoted as saying:
“I don’t think the goal is to win. The goal isn’t to go out there and try to get as many wins as you can, I think the goal is to develop and lose to get lottery picks. I think that was always the plan.”
Smith, played just six minutes in the Cavs’ loss to Detroit on Monday, had already requested a trade and will work out privately until one can be implemented. According to ESPN, the two sides are not currently considering a buyout arrangement, sources said. Smith is earning $14.7 million this season, and $3.8 million of his $15.6 million salary for next season is guaranteed.