J.R. Smith Posts Farewell Message to Hometown Knicks After Trade to Cavaliers

January 6th, 2015 by Kyle Newport Leave a reply »

J.R. Smith was traded from a lottery team to a playoff team on Monday night, but leaving the New York Knicks for the Cleveland Cavaliers wasn't easy for him.

Smith, who is from New Jersey, loved playing for a team near his hometown. That makes this trade a bit harder for him.

On Tuesday, Smith said farewell to the Knicks and his New York fans with an Instagram post:

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 su ...

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