Waiters dealt in 3-team trade
Published 3:15 am Tuesday, January 6, 2015
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers have traded guard Dion Waiters to Oklahoma City and acquired guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the New York Knicks in a three-team trade.
A disappointing 19-16, Cleveland dealt Waiters to the Thunder on Monday night in exchange for Oklahoma City’s protected 2015 first-round pick. Also, the Cavs sent reserves Lou Amundson and Alex Kirk and their 2019 second-round pick to the Knicks, who are 5-32 and desperate to clear salary-cap space.
New York also received forward Lance Thomas from Oklahoma City.
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The Cavs have been ravaged by injuries in superstar LeBron James’ first season back in Cleveland. The team had discussed moving Waiters over the past two years and finally struck a deal for the former No. 4 overall pick.
Waiters was pulled from the starting lineup in Philadelphia shortly before the Cavs lost to the lowly 76ers, who got their first home win.