J.R. Smith 'Unlikely' to Head to the Lakers After Being Waived by Cavs

"Los Angeles Lakers are an unlikely destination," ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

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ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 5: JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on against the Orlando Magic on November 5, 2018 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

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On Monday, the Cleveland Cavalierswaived J.R. Smith, on account of not being able to pull off a trade prior to the afternoon deadline: 

Sources: The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived JR Smith, making him a free agent. Cavs had been attempting to move Smith all the way up until the 5 p.m. ET waiver deadline today.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 15, 2019

Barring a last-minute trade, the Cavs are expected to waive JR Smith today, a league source said.

— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) July 15, 2019

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski added that, should Smith make it through the waiver process unclaimed, he's unlikely to re-team up with LeBron as a Laker. Three weeks ago it was reported that L.A. could be a prime destination for Smith if/when this eventually happened:

Once guard JR Smith clears waivers, the Los Angeles Lakers are an unlikely destination, league sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 15, 2019

The Cavs had been looking to unload the soon-to-be-34-year-old Smith in a trade since this past November because only about a quarter of his $15.6 million salary was guaranteed. Smith suited up for just 11 of Cleveland's games in 2018-19, and he agreed to leave the squad to wait for a trade or release. A day prior to that agreement he had accused the team of tanking, while publicly stating that their goal was to "develop [young players] and lose to get lottery picks."

Anyway, Smith's now official departure after spending parts of the past five seasons in Cleveland brought about mixed reactions from those who will remember his days as a Cav fondly, as well as those who think he'll soon be begging LeBron to join L.A.:

JR Smith pulling up to a Lakers practice pic.twitter.com/XfNWfhoudM

— IGZ (@itsIGZ) July 15, 2019

LIVE: JR Smith outside the Lakers facility trying to convince LeBron to cut Kyle Kuzma https://t.co/PzeRrRpuGx

— McG (@MatthewMcGovern) July 15, 2019

JR Smith: “Tell the Lakers to sign me!”

LeBron: pic.twitter.com/SGpCFaCAdI

— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) July 15, 2019

Today is most likely Jr Smith's last day as a Cavalier. Most people, including media members criticize him for what happened at the end of game 1 in 2018.

This is my Jr Smith. Without him, we dont win the championship in 2016.
Thank you @TheRealJRSmith for everything❤ pic.twitter.com/cU69EVzZUU

— Alan Sheeeeb (@AlanSheb) July 15, 2019

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