The Knicks traded fan favorites J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cavaliers on Monday night in a salary cap-clearing move. Both players were pulled off the court just minutes before New York's game against the Grizzlies.
On Tuesday, both players said goodbye to the fans and the franchise.
I want to thank Mr. Dolan and the Knicks organization for giving me the opportunity to play for such a storied franchise over the past few seasons. I want to thank my teammates for their support and guidance. Most importantly, I want thank the fans of New York who are some of the most passionate basketball fans in the world. Playing in my hometown has been incredibly special and I will be forever grateful for having had the chance to wear a Knicks uniform. Though I look forward to starting a new chapter in Cleveland to join some of the best talent in the game in the quest for an NBA Championship, this great experience in New York will always stay with me. Thank you again, fans. Your support means the world.
All I can say is thank you to New York. For every opportunity and valuable lesson I've learned in my time spent there. Thank you to the @nyknicks for being a first class organization and thank you to the fans for being insanely in love with the franchise. Support is everything. Love is love. One last toast to the #knickstape. Sometimes the business side of the game hurts...Hope the guys can turn it around. Off to #Cleveland #post90 #kidz
Shumpert, an aspiring rapper, once recorded a song that shouted out all his New York teammates. He'll have to record a remix once he gets to know everyone in Cleveland.
- Dan Gartland