J.R. Smith Waived By Cleveland Cavaliers

J.R. Smith
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J.R. Smith will continue to take off his shirt and show off his tattooed body. It just won’t be in Cleveland and as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The veteran shooting guard has officially been released by the Cavaliers. Smith has not appeared in an NBA game since November of last season. Once the Cavaliers decided to begin the rebuilding process part way through the 2018-2019 season, Smith’s playing time would be eliminated.

Smith played a key role in bringing the Cavaliers its first world championship in franchise history in 2016. His contract helped prevent the franchise from being a player in free agency this offseason.

The Cavaliers had to make this move before Smith’s contract becomes guaranteed for this upcoming season. Cleveland hoped to trade Smith on NBA Draft night, but could not get a deal done.

The Cavaliers will get under the NBA’s luxury tax for the 2019-2020 season due to Smith’s release. Smith will be on waivers until Wednesday and then becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Scott Piker is the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage.com. So follow him on twitter @ScottPikerSport

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