Report: Cavaliers consulted LeBron James before acquiring J.R. Smith

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Tuesday January 6th, 2015

The Cleveland Cavaliers consulted with LeBron James before trading for guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert on Monday night, according to a report from

Smith and Shumpert were part of a three-team deal that sent Dion Waiters to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Alex KirkLouis Amundson and a 2019 second-round pick to the New York KnicksCleveland also acquired a protected future first-round pick from the Thunder. Lance Thomas moves from Oklahoma City to New York.

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According to, Cavaliers officials asked James "about his willingness to play alongside Smith" before going through with the trade. Smith, like Waiters, has been criticized for poor shot selection. 

Waiters, the fourth overall pick by the Cavaliers out of Syracuse in 2012, was averaging 10.5 points in 23.8 minutes per game this season. He has a 24.1 percent usage rate, which measures the percentage of a team's plays that end in a shot by that player. 

Smith is averaging 10.9 points in 25.8 minutes per game, with a usage rate of 23.5 percent.

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