Smith has requested to be traded and although he has asked to get out of Cleveland, he doesn't want to take a buyout in order to make his exit.
"Everyone knows that when Kyrie got traded it was the beginning of the end for everything".
The piece goes on to explain that Irving did, in fact, want out of Cleveland, even threatening to undergo knee surgery and miss a healthy chunk of the 2017-18 season if he wasn't dealt. Coach Tyronn Lue was sacked last month and All-Star forward Kevin Love is sidelined indefinitely following foot surgery. He won't play or attend Cavs games, including Wednesday's return by James to Cleveland with his new Los Angeles Lakers teammates. "I don't think that's fair to the trainers or the equipment guys", Smith said.
James certainly didn't enjoy the hostile reception he got almost eight years ago, but he had the last laugh, putting up 38 points and eight rebounds in just 30 minutes - he didn't play in the fourth quarter - as the Heat steamrolled the Cavs 118-90.
While Smith's contract is fairly tradeable, given it is partially guaranteed for next season, it's not a lock that a contender would welcome the opportunity to acquire the shot-happy guard. He has averaged 10.3 points in 255 games with Cleveland over the past five seasons. He seemed to endear himself further to many by remaining shirtless during the team's victory parade through the city's streets. He was shirtless throughout the team's championship parade, attended Browns and Indians games and spoke openly about having a daughter born four months prematurely.
Before the Cavs won the championship, Smith already had become a favorite with Cleveland fans.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Cavs thanked Smith for his contributions to the organization and announced that he is working with both the team and his representation "regarding his future".