At 5-31 on the season, it was only a matter of time until the Knicks started making some roster moves. Tonight they were key players in a three-team deal that sends JR Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cleveland Cavaliers, while the Cavs ship Dion Waiters to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Shumpert, who has been sidelined since December 12th is averaging 9.3 points per game, though it’s his ability to defend the perimeter which will be vital to the Cavs. Smith was averaging just a shade under 11 points per game and will likely take on Waiters’ role in the offense.
The Knicks saved themselves $6.4 million by getting rid of Smith, who had a player option for 2015-16. In return, the Knicks are said to be receiving a protected first-round pick from the Thunder, along with several players with non guaranteed contracts. Furthermore, New York is expected to waive center Samuel Dalembert before Wednesday, which will save them an additional $2 million.
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