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Reports: Cavaliers waive JR Smith

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived veteran guard JR Smith, according to reports from Shams Charania and Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

The Cavaliers reportedly had hoped to find a trade destination for Smith before the waiver deadline at 5 p.m. ET on Monday.

If Smith clears waivers, he will be able to sign a new deal with any team. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Smith is “unlikely” to re-join his former teammate LeBron James in L.A. with the Lakers.

The 33-year-old guard played in just 11 games last season after he requested a trade in November. The Cavaliers refused his request and said at the time that Smith would, “no longer be with the team as the organization works with JR and his representation regarding his future.”

Smith was a key contributor during the Cavaliers’ championship run in 2016 and he averaged 8.3 points on 37.5-percent from 3-point over 80 games during the 2017-18 season

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Report: Pau Gasol to join Trail Blazers

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Free agent center Pau Gasol has agreed to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gasol, 39, who was limited to just 30 games last season because of a variety of injuries, has career averages of 17.0 points and 9.2 rebounds over 17 NBA seasons.



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Report: Furkan Korkmaz returning to 76ers

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Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, agent Mike Lindeman of Excel Sports tells ESPN.

Korkmaz, 21, brings back a rotational forward with the ability to spread the floor with his shooting. The loss of JJ Redick in free agency – and Kyle Korver’s decision to choose Milwaukee over Philadelphia – brought some increased urgency to keep Korkmaz on the Sixers roster.

 The 21-year-old Korkmaz, who was the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, averaged 5.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes last season.

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Report: Kevin Love to withdraw from World Cup

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Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is the latest player expected to withdraw from Team USA’s training camp for the FIBA World Cup, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

This news comes just one day after Damian Lillard reportedly withdrew from the World Cup. Love, who played in just 22 games last season because of a shoulder injury, averaged 17.0 points and 10.9 rebounds in 2018-19.

During the previous two weeks, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum reportedly decided not to compete in the World Cup this year.

Although the guard ranks will be somewhat depleted of NBA stars, Team USA continues to have a deep pool of players available.



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