TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers tried to make it work with Dion Waiters. They couldn’t wait any longer.
Cleveland traded the shooting guard to Oklahoma City on Monday night and acquired guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the New York Knicks in a three-team deal.
A disappointing 19-16 after losing at Philadelphia, the Cavs dealt Waiters to the Thunder in exchange for Oklahoma City’s protected 2015 first-round pick. Also, the Cavs sent reserves Lou Amundson and Alex Kirk and their 2019 second-round pick to the Knicks, who are 5-32 and desperate to clear salary-cap space.
New York also received forward Lance Thomas from Oklahoma City.
The Cavs have been ravaged by injuries in superstar LeBron James’ first season back in Cleveland and needed to shake things up. The team had discussed moving Waiters, the No. 4 overall pick, over the past two years and…
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