Cavaliers' J.R. Smith Requests Trade, Could Face Fine
By Bill Strange
November 2, 2018
Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith is making it known he wants to be traded. He confirmed the news when asked by a reporter on Thursday. Smith is no longer in the plans for the struggling Cavaliers, who are just 1-and-7. The team fired head coach Tyronn Lue earlier this week and All-Star forward Kevin Love is out indefinitely with a toe injury. The Cavs are rebuilding following the departure of LeBron James. Smith said they have made it clear he's not in their future plans. There is a chance Smith could be fined for his public trade request, which is not allowed under the collective bargaining agreement. He has two years remaining on a four-year, $57,000,000 contract.