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Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers and JR Smith part ways

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JR Smith (NBA Getty Images)

JR Smith's time with the Cleveland Cavaliers is over.

On Tuesday, the franchise announced that the former Sixth Man of the Year will no longer be with the team after the two sides mutually agreed to part ways.

"The organization wishes JR and his family well and appreciates and thanks him for his contributions in the community, to the team and his role in the 2016 NBA Championship," the Cavaliers said in a press release.

Smith was traded from the New York Knicks to the Cavaliers in a three-team deal during the 2014-15 season. He came off the bench for most of their 2015 NBA Finals run, but he started for Cleveland in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Smith played a key role in their championship, scoring eight points in the third quarter of Game 7 to get the Cavaliers back in the game.

Smith, however, had grown frustrated with the situation in Cleveland in the post-LeBron James era and requested a trade earlier this month. The Athletic's Jason Lloyd reported that one of the reasons Smith was still on the team before Tuesday is because he refused to accept a buyout.

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