J.R. Smith’s run with the Cavs is officially over, as the streaky shooter was waived on Monday evening. Some players might feel a certain way about being waived, but Swish seems to be just fine with Cleveland’s decision.
Shortly after the news of his waiving became public, Smith reacted to a photo that Mavs swingman Tim Hardaway Jr. posted to his Instagram account. As a caption, Hardaway wrote, “Free at last. Thank God Almighty, he is free at last.”
"Free at last"
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Smith posted a photo of his own. His caption was brief, though — a simple peace sign emoji.
The Cavs released Smith on Monday before his $15.7 million contract for next season would become fully guaranteed. The team was actively looking to trade the 33-year-old, but no deals came to fruition. By waiving him, the Cavs will move under the luxury tax threshold for the coming season.
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“Technically my whole career’s been in limbo, so this is easy for me,” Smith told USA Today before playing in the All-Star Celebrity Softball Game.
Now that his tenure with the Cavs has come to an end, Smith will become a free agent who can sign anywhere — so long as he clears waivers.
For many Cavs fans, Smith’s departure is bittersweet, as he became a beloved member of the team during its championship run in 2016. Still, as the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end.