J.R Smith and Iman Shumpert have seen their last days as a New York Knick (which isn’t too bad considering the lack of success the team is having so far this year…as usual). The two will reportedly be heading to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavs are reportedly in a three-way trade with the Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Here is how the trade is going down:
The Knicks will receive a 2019 second-round pick, power forward Lou Amundson and rookie center Alex Kirk from the Cavaliers. They will get guard/forward Lance Thomas from the Thunder. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers will have a protected future first-round draft pick coming their way from OKC.
The New York Knicks are rumored to also be waiving center Samuel Dalembert who was expecting a fully guaranteed contract if he stayed on the team through Wednesday (ouch!).
The Knicks are currently sitting at the very bottom of the Eastern conferenced tied with the Philadelphia 76ers. The team has only won 5 out of the 37 games they have played so far this year. With the struggles of the team showing no signs of improvement, it looks like the Knicks are throwing in the towel early and New York Knicks President Phil Jackson is looking to clear house and cap space to bring in new players for the future. Let the rebuilding begin.