Life after LeBron James wasn’t kind to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won a total of 19 games without the King on the court.
Cleveland missed the playoffs for the first time since LeBron left for Miami in “The Decision.”
The team started the season 2-13 and then things got worse. J.R. Smith reportedly took a leave of absence from the team during the 2018-19 season.
Now, it looks like he’ll be traded in the near future. According to a report from Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Cavaliers will likely trade Smith to a team that will waive him.
Smith, once waived, will join LeBron James in Los Angeles.
"Right now, Cleveland is trying to trade JR Smith and whichever teams that trades for him will waive him. When he's waived, it is my belief he'll end up with the Lakers."
— ShowtimeForum (@ShowtimeForum) June 25, 2019
Smith and the Cavaliers agreed to part ways in November and the team put him on the trade block – though no deal came to fruition.
According to one report, teams called Cleveland offering a first-round pick for Smith during the 2019 NBA draft last week.
The NBA veteran averaged just 6.7 points and only 20.2 minutes played per contest during the season. He played in just 11 games for the Cavaliers before agreeing to part ways.
Los Angeles traded for Anthony Davis earlier this offseason and now needs to add depth to its roster.
Stay tuned for the latest.