Cavaliers' Kevin Love has foot surgery, out at least 6 weeks

Lynette Rowe
November 3, 2018

Cleveland guard JR Smith told reporters Thursday, November 1, he'd like to be traded from a Cavs team that appears determined not to use him, an admission that could see him fined by the National Basketball Association.

It seems as if the Cavaliers don't plan on playing Smith and he appears to have no interest in spending his final National Basketball Association seasons as a benchwarmer for a lottery team.

"They know", Smith said following shootaround. "They know. They don't want me here, so they obviously know".

The Cavs, who lost superstar LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers via free agency this season, are now without All-Star forward Kevin Love because of injury and sacked coach Tyronn Lue after their 0-6 start to the season.

He hasn't played much for the Cavs this season, and he's averaging just 12 minutes and 2.5 points over four games.

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Fedor reports that GM Koby Altman recently sat down with Smith a few days ago to ask him whether or not he wanted to stay around the team while in a lesser role.

The 33-year-old reportedly refused to be away from the team when given the option by the front office, remaining with the rest of his teammates despite the Cavs' plan to make the most of their youth by maximizing their floor time this season.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that Smith was asked "Are you hoping for a trade?" and that Smith responded, "Yeah".

"It is hard", he said. "I can't do that to these fans, I can't do it to the city. Moves could've been made to prevent this situation, but of course we're in this situation now, so, it is what it is".

The 6-foot-6 veteran has started 218 of 248 games since the Cavs acquired him in 2015. He is a career 37.3 percent 3-point shooter and ranks 12th in National Basketball Association history with 1,917 3-pointers made.

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