Cavaliers trade Waiters, get two Knicks guards
NEW YORK – The Cavaliers traded guard Dion Waiters to Oklahoma City and acquired guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the New York Knicks in a three-team trade on Monday.
A disappointing 19-16, Cleveland dealt Waiters to the Thunder in exchange for Oklahoma City's protected 2015 first-round pick. Also, the Cavaliers 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. The team had discussed moving Waiters over the past two years and finally struck a deal for the former No. 4 overall pick.
Waiters was pulled from the starting lineup in Philadelphia shortly before the Cavs lost to the lowly 76ers.
• 76ERS EDGE CAVS: Tony Wroten scored 20 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 9.1 seconds left to lift host Philadelphia to a 95-92 victory over shorthanded Cleveland. Kevin Love had 28 points and 19 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who didn't have LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on the trip because of injuries. The victory was the 76ers' first at home in 15 games.
• NOWITZKI MOVES UP: Dirk Nowitzki's three-pointer in overtime moved him into seventh place on the NBA's career scoring list, and Dallas beat host Brooklyn 96-88 for the Mavericks' sixth consecutive victory. Nowitzki's 15 points gave him 27,412 in his career, moving him past Moses Malone.
• DEFENSE IS GOLDEN: Harrison Barnes had 23 points and seven rebounds, and host Golden State used a smothering defensive effort to rout Oklahoma City 117-91. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry scored 19 points each as the NBA-best Warriors bottled up Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, which shot 30.6 percent.
• LILLARD FINDS TOUCH: Guard Damian Lillard scored 39 points as the Portland Trail Blazers edged the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 98-94. Lillard was 4-for-8 on three-pointers and also had six rebounds and five assists.
• BULLS STAY HOT: Pau Gasol had 27 points and 14 rebounds for the host Chicago Bulls, who won for the 13th time in 15 games, beating Houston 114-105.
• KUPCHAK LOSES DAUGHTER: The 15-year-old daughter of Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak has died Monday after a lengthy illness.