New York Knicks guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert have been sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a multi-ream trade that also send Cavs guard Dion Waiters to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Knicks received guard Lance Thomas, rookie center Alex Kirk, forward Lou Amundson and a 2019 second-round pick to the Knicks.
All in all…the move was a salary dump for the Knicks to clear some cap space. The Knicks now don’t owe J.R. those hefty $6.4 million and leaving them with $28 million in salary-cap space to play with during the summer. And we all know that they are in desperate need of it.
As part of the deal, Dion Waiters goes to the Thunder, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert go to the Cavs and three players with nonguaranteed contracts – Alex Kirk and Lou Amundson from the Cavs and Lance Thomas from the Thunder — join the Knicks. Also, the Thunder are sending a protected future first-round draft pick to the Cavs, who are sending their 2019 second-round pick to the Knicks.
The Thunder are sending a protected 2015 first-round pick to Cleveland in the deal. The Cavs will get the pick if it falls outside the top 18 this year or if it falls outside the top 15 in 2016 or ’17. If it doesn’t convey in any of those years, it will become two second-round picks, according to sources.
The Cavs are attempting to bolster their bench with the trade by adding Smith, a mercurial shooter, and Shumpert, who specializes in wing defense that the Cavs badly need. The Knicks had been attempting to trade both for some time.
Shumpert is currently out with a dislocated shoulder he suffered last month.
Team officials spoke with LeBron James about his willingness to play alongside Smith before executing the deal, sources said.
And here are the thank you messagesboth J.R. and Iman sent out to their fans:
I want to thank Mr. Dolan and the Knicks organization for giving me the opportunity to play for such a storied franchise over the past few seasons. I want to thank my teammates for their support and guidance. Most importantly, I want thank the fans of New York who are some of the most passionate basketball fans in the world. Playing in my hometown has been incredibly special and I will be forever grateful for having had the chance to wear a Knicks uniform. Though I look forward to starting a new chapter in Cleveland to join some of the best talent in the game in the quest for an NBA Championship, this great experience in New York will always stay with me. Thank you again, fans. Your support means the world. - JR Smith (@teamswish)
All I can say is thank you to New York. For every opportunity and valuable lesson I’ve learned in my time spent there. Thank you to the @nyknicks for being a first class organization and thank you to the fans for being insanely in love with the franchise. Support is everything. Love is love. One last toast to the #knickstape. Sometimes the business side of the game hurts…Hope the guys can turn it around. Off to #Cleveland #post90 #kidz- iMan Shumpert (@imanshumpertthe1st)