Smith 'hoping' for trade from Cavs


"They don't want me so they obviously know".

Smith didn't play in Tuesday night's win over Atlanta, the Cavs' first game since coach Tyronn Lue was sacked following a 0-6 start.

Smith is out of the rotation and he has discussed with the front office of the Cavaliers the possibility of leaving the team until a trade can be found.

The 33-year-old Smith said he was told earlier this season that the Cavs would be focused on playing their younger players to develop them for the future.

The Cavs are in a state of transition this season and recently fired coach Tyronn Lue after Cleveland's 0-6 start.

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"They asked me if I wanted to be around the team and if I didn't I could leave and go home and do whatever", he said. "Cheer for 'em, help 'em as much as they want me to help. Other than that, I'm buying time, I guess". It also doesn't help that Smith was one of several veterans that Lue was trying to play over the youngsters, a decision that reportedly led to his firing by general manager Koby Altman.

"I had a conversation with [Lue] about it, too", Smith told Regardless how hard it is to walk in here and actually put on, as hard as it may sound, to put on a Cavs jersey or shirt. "I can't do that to the fans".

"It is hard", he said. "Moves could've been made to prevent this situation, but of course we're in this situation now, so, it is what it is".

Smith has played for four teams in his career, but has been traded three times in his career. He is a career 37.3 percent 3-point shooter and ranks 12th in National Basketball Association history with 1,917 3-pointers made.