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The Lakers really want you to know that they do not want J. R. Smith

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You would have been forgiven if you had wondered, even if you had accepted. LeBron likes his guys, those role-playing players he has repeatedly rallied in his role as Shadow GM at every stop. J. R. Smith is one of his people. Yes, even after the .

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7 o'clock. On Monday, the deadline set in which the Cavaliers could either relinquish or trade with Smith before his $ 15.6 million deal was partially guaranteed. They had been trying to trade with him since last fall, without takers, and no one appeared in the last few minutes. They have renounced him, and because no one wants him on this contract, he will soon be an unrestricted free agent who can freely sign with any team he likes, and that would like him.

We only had 17 minutes to get rid of the jokes about the reunification of Smith with LeBron before Woj poured water over it.

League Sources "possibly? Not Smith or his agent; he would be happy to reconcile with LeBron in LA. No, those were the Lakers who were a step ahead of the story, not just Smith, but publicly informing us all that he should think about some other options year for Smith, who played only eleven games before the Cavs knocked him out in November because, as the AP does not say so finely, "he was not satisfied with his role and the Cavaliers did not want him to have a negative influence on their young players. "Smith turns 34 in September and the Cavs had to get out of his contract to lower the luxury tax (I'll never know how much the luxury tax was) so it was sure he had gone one way or the other. Maybe he'll start somewhere, since he's probably relatively cheap, but it will not be with his old friend LeBron. Maybe he and Carmelo can push back the Knicks.

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