NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — On Monday night, the 5-32 Knicks traded guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cavaliers in an effort to begin a rebuilding phase and save money.
On Tuesday, Smith took to Instagram to thank the organization.
The Cavs sent reserves Lou Amundson and Alex Kirk and their 2019 second-round pick to the Knicks, who are desperate to clear salary-cap space.
New York also received forward Lance Thomas from Oklahoma City.
“We’re very excited to welcome Iman and J.R. to Cleveland,” Cavs general manager David Griffin said. “With their size and versatility, we think both Iman and J.R. can help our team on both ends of the court and we look forward to them joining us.”
The mercurial Smith, who has never been afraid to shoot, could give Cleveland’s bench the offensive boost first-year coach David Blatt has been looking for all…
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