Knicks Ship Smith and Shumpert in Three Team Trade

JR and Iman

It appears that the New York Knicks are officially in tank mode, after they traded away J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert in a three team trade involving the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

New York gave up Smith, who’s been playing poorly for a good while now in an effort to open up cap space, but were also forced to include Iman Shumpert in the deal as a makeweight for Smith.

Both players have headed to Ohio to play with Lebron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers.

Dion Waiters, who reportedly disagreed with new Head Coach David Blatt over several issues, is now headed to the Oklahoma City Thunder, joining Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as they look to climb up the Western Conference rankings.

Cleveland also received 2015’s first round protected draft pick from Oklahoma City, whilst Cavaliers’ reserves Lou Amundson and Alex Kirk went to the 5-32 Knicks, who are eager to make as much cap space as possible ahead of next season.

Lance Thomas also headed to the Big Apple along with Cleveland’s 2019 second round pick, making for little in terms of short term assets for the Knicks.

The real question surrounds the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have had a disappointing start to the season and are in need of some extra energy. Whilst J.R. Smith will offer offensive spurts, the defensive presence of Shumpert will no doubt be more important for the Cavs.

Dion Waiters

The Eastern Conference franchise is still in need of a top-tier big man to offer rim protection, and talk of them making a move in free agency or before the trade deadline is rife.

Oklahoma though has gained a bit of a questionable talent in Waiters, who’s had his attitude questioned regularly. Reports claim that he complained about minutes extensively with Coach Blatt and also claimed that he was a better player than Kyrie Irving.

Hopefully Oklahoma can offer a stable base of consistency for the streaky shooter, but he will have to work his way into Coach Brooks’ rotation.

Either way, it looks like this move makes a lot of sense for all involved…

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Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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