J.R. Smith forever will be remembered for his gaffe against the Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. One year later, the Cavaliers reportedly tried to send the shooting guard to Golden State.
The Cavs tried to trade Smith to the Warriors for Andre Iguodala, Cleveland.com's Chris Fedor reported Saturday. Before the Warriors traded Iguodala to the Grizzlies, Cleveland "offered lighter protections" in an Iguodala-Smith swap, according to Fedor.
Smith has a partially guaranteed contract worth $4.37 million, which Fedor reports was the hurdle in a potential trade. By sending Iguodala's $17.1 million contract into Memphis' open salary cap space, the Warriors received a trade exception that can help them make future moves.
The Warriors would not have received the trade exception if they had added Smith's partially guaranteed deal.
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Smith, 33, only played 11 games last season for the Cavs and averaged a career-low 6.7 points per game. The Cavs now will waive the veteran shooting guard Monday, Cleveland.com reported.
Smith now will become a free agent, but he certainly won't wear a Warriors jersey next season.
Warriors fans cheered, LeBron turned into a meme and J.R. Smith didn't know what the score was. You all know what we're talking about.
And apparently so does Smith's daughter Dakota.
On Wednesday, Smith showed his humor laughing at himself with some help from his daughter. "How my Kota looked at me when i didn’t shoot the ball after game 1!" Smith wrote on Instagram, referring to himself running out the clock in regulation on Game 1 of the NBA Finals with the score tied 107-107.
The Warriors went on to win, 124-114, in overtime before sweeping the Cavs to win their second straight title.
JR Smith probably doesn't want to think about Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals ever again.
His brain cramp at the end of regulation cost the Cavs a chance to steal Game 1 in Oakland and likely swung the momentum of the series.
More than two weeks after Smith's blunder on May 31, the jersey he wore during that game is being auctioned off by the NBA.
As of 9:45am PT on Monday, there have been 58 bids and the current price is $3000. The auction closes on Thursday, June 21 at 6:50pm PT.
So, whether you want to frame it as a momento or wave it around at Oracle when Smith returns next season, this is your chance.
Don't let time run out...