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

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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 Kirk, Louis Amundson and a 2019 second-round pick to the New York Knicks. Cleveland 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. 

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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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