After failing to find a trade partner for JR Smith, the Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly will not engage in buyout discussions the disgruntled shooting guard.
Cleveland was trying to unload Smith ahead of today's trade deadline of 3:00 p.m. ET, but no dice.
Smith has not been with the team since Nov. 19, after being sent home by the Cavs front office and will likely remain on the roster until Cleveland can re-engage in trade talks this offseason.
The last three seasons have been some of the worst of Smith's career, but his contract still holds some value so the Cavaliers want to keep him as a "trade asset" for now. Smith enters the final year of his contract next season and he is due $15.6 million with a partial $3.8 million guarantee, which would allow whatever team trades for him to get some salary cap relief.
The 33-year-old Smith's exile is just the latest bump in a very up-and-down NBA career. In just 11 games with the Cavs this season, Smith is averaging 6.7 points, 1.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game. Smith has best been known for his extremely streaky scoring ability and on (and off) court antics.