Smith said that the team asked if he'd like to be moved and he declined. He wants to go younger in that position and, you know, find somebody who's a grinder and younger in that position.
"On or about June 17, 2018, then Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue left Coach Boylan a voicemail, informing him his employment would end, in which Coach Lue said: "Jimbo, what's up, yo?" During shootaround at the Cavs' practice facility, he was asked if he has expressed his feelings towards the team's executives to which he said, "they don't want me, so they obviously know". After receiving little to no playing time through the team's first eight games, Smith has expressed his frustration by reportedly confirming he wants a trade. He not only lost his starting job, he's also appeared in just four of the team's seven games this season, averaging just 12.0 minutes per game. Smith is one of several veterans on the Cavaliers' roster that is being shopped around in trade talks around the league.
"I had a conversation with [Lue] about it, too", Smith told Cleveland.com.
The five-time All-Star signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension this summer. 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 my teammates.
Smith is averaging a career-low 2.5 points per game on 23.1 percent shooting this season. "I can't do that to these fans, I can't do it to the city".
He is making $14.7 million this season and has a non-guaranteed $15 million next year.