In a trade the New York Knicks were involved in, JR Smith and Iman Shumpert were traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. After the trade, JR Smith being JR, took to social media to express his thoughts on the trade and appeared to take a shot at the Knicks.
The New York Post reports,
Asked if the post indicated he felt discarded, Smith said, “Absolutely, to hear I was a throw-in to the trade just to get you off the books and for us to go over there and thrive, I think that’s absolutely how I feel.’’ The Knicks pawned off Smith to create $6 million more in cap space this summer and now he’s playing like the Sixth Man of the Year — an award he won in 2013. There was a report the Cavs were forced to take Smith, otherwise the Knicks wouldn’t give up Shumpert, which sources have indicated is exaggerated.
I think all of this worked out in Smith’s favor. He was traded to a better team and his Cavs are in the NBA Finals after sweeping the top seeded team in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Hopefully, Smith will allow this situation to motivate him in the Finals and bring Cleveland the ring the city deserves.