Cleveland Cavaliers announce JR Smith no longer with the team

"I don't think the goal is to win", Smith told The Athletic.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and veteran wing J.R. Smith have agreed to part ways, Joe Vardon of The Athletic reports.

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For now, the 33-year-old Smith is without a team and that seems to suit him just fine.

That is why the second-year member of the Cleveland Cavaliers stays in touch with James, his former teammate and now a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. "I don't like the statement of getting bought out". "I always ask him how he's doing, with his life, his health ... and just thank him".

"I will think about some of the good, I will think about some of the bad, I will think about some of the great that I had with the franchise, obviously, and then once the tip ball gets going, it is time to go to work". Smith was benched for the Cavaliers earlier in the season, but injuries now have him playing significant minutes as the losses pile up.

Smith and the Cavs front office have been at odds all season. He has averaged 10.3 points in 255 games with Cleveland over the past five seasons. In a statement confirming Smith's status, the Cavs said the organization "wishes J.R. and his family well and appreciates and thanks him for his contributions in the community, to the team and his role in the 2016 National Basketball Association championship".

Before the Cavs won the championship, Smith already had become a favorite with Cleveland fans.

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