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J.R. Smith | Guard/Forward

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 220
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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In a recent interview, Knicks president Phil Jackson said he traded J.R. Smith because he wasn't helping the team's culture.
In addition to saying that Smith wasn't helping shape the Knicks' culture in a way he wanted, Jackson said Smith's ineffective play helped pave the way for a trade. "He was supposed to carry the scoring load for the second unit and he wasn't doing the job," Jackson said. "I also said that because of his unacceptable behavior, he had two strikes against him with this team." Smith is currently an unrestricted free agent, but he won't be much more than a late-round fantasy option no matter where he lands. Jul 21 - 11:06 AM
Source: ESPN

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J.R. Smith is expected to meet with the Cavs and is "prepared for the possibility that he could make less than the $6.4 million he walked away from," according to Joe Vardon the Plain Dealer.

"That's always part of the gamble of opting out," Smith said. The Cavs were reportedly not happy Smith opted out and it may backfire on him. No other team has been linked to Smith, so the Cavs still have a good chance to sign him.
Jul 20 - 9:11 PM

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavaliers were not "thrilled" with J.R. Smith's decision to turn down his player option for $6.4 million.

Smith reportedly doesn't have any offers that he likes so far in free agency, so it sounds like he might regret opting out. The Cavaliers have been looking around for another option at shooting guard, but it's possible that they re-sign Smith at a discount for a one-year deal. Smith shot just 33 percent from the field during the NBA Finals, so it's not a shock that he hasn't generated a lot of interest from other teams.
Jul 19 - 11:00 AM

The Cavs have interest in bringing back JR Smith if the club can "find a way to make it work."

Translated, that means Cleveland would bring Smith back if it's on their terms and their terms alone. Smith really hasn't been connected to any team this offseason after riding out of the NBA Finals on a Phunkeeduck and he may very well regret his decision to opt out of his contract early when it's all said and done.
Jul 13 - 9:22 AM

Cavs' GM David Griffin said that there's interest in bringing back J.R. Smith as a free agent this offseason, but only if it's "the right situation" for Cleveland.

Smith emerged as a nice role player for the Cavs during the regular-season, compiling averages of 12.7 points, 2.8 three-pointers and 1.4 steals per game. However, he had his fair share of miscues during their postseason run, so Cleveland may let him walk as a free agent if the price gets too high. Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and LeBron James will be at the forefront of Cleveland's offseason plans, and it'll be interesting to see what their roster ends up looking like to start the 2015-16 season.
Jun 26 - 10:43 AM

J.R. Smith has opted out of his contract and will become a free agent.

He's leaving $6 million on the table to get a long-term deal. There is mutual interest from the Cavs to sign Smith, so they're considered as the favorites. Smith was much better with LeBron James and Cleveland is a great place for him. Of course, the Cavs will not want the NBA Finals version of Swish.
Jun 24 - 4:44 PM

Some executives around the league believe that if J.R. Smith does opt out and become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, that he'll be looking for at least a three-year deal.

The talent is there for Smith, but his tendency to make less than intelligent decisions on the basketball court, partnered with a long disciplinary history could shrink his value a bit on the open market. He did fit in well with the Cavs, averaging 12.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.3 three-pointers during the regular-season, so it'll be interesting to see if he can secure more money during free agency than what his $6.4 million player option would pay him. Right now, reports have him opting out.
Source: ESPN
Jun 18 - 3:03 PM

J.R. Smith told ESPN's Chris Broussard that he will likely opt out of the final year of his contract.

Smith has a player option for $6.4 million next season, and while he was a disaster in the NBA Finals, he would still command a pay raise on the open market. He did say that he "absolutely" wants to return to the Cavaliers, but it will be interesting to see how much Cleveland is willing to give him. Smith averaged 12.1 points, 3.1 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.3 3-pointers during the regular season, but he won't be a huge factor in fantasy leagues next season if he is the fourth option on offense behind Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love.
Jun 17 - 9:26 AM

J.R. Smith hit 5-of-15 shots (4-of-14 3PTs) for 14 points, seven boards, one steal and two blocks in 36 minutes off the bench in Sunday's Game 5 loss.

Smith got hot in the first half but couldn't keep it up. Still, this is the type of volume the Cavs need out of him and his activity elsewhere wasn't too shabby. He is the ultimate X-factor heading into an elimination game for Cleveland.
Jun 14 - 11:06 PM

LeBron James said that J.R. Smith needs to keep his head up and continue to be aggressive on offense.

"I don’t care how many shots he missed," James said in regards to Smith. "I don’t want his head to be down like it was in Game 4. It’s a make-or-miss league. J.R. practices enough. We all are all professional athletes and we practice on our craft. But you can never allow someone either from the media or from the fans, from the opposition, from your family to ever see that you’re down about what you’re doing. It doesn’t matter. He has to stay confident." Smith is shooting just 29.8 percent from the field and 25 percent from deep in the NBA Finals, so he will need to step up in Game 5 on Sunday if the Cavaliers want to escape Oracle Arena with a win.
Jun 14 - 9:50 AM

LeBron James said there are no lineup changes coming for the Cavs in Game 5.

Of course, the Cavs could pull a Steve Kerr and lie about their lineups. Regardless, the starting lineup doesn't really matter with the bigger question being whether or not coach David Blatt will extend his rotation. J.R. Smith is also going to have to step up no matter what role.
Jun 13 - 4:40 PM

J.R Smith missed all eight attempts from behind the arc in a Game 4 loss on Thursday, scoring four points with two rebounds, two assists and four fouls in 28 minutes.

It was not his night. He was all the rage on Twitter before the game because he arrived to the locker room on a segway, but he probably won't be doing that again. Although, this is J.R. Smith we're talking about here. Smith's minutes were at 34.7 in the previous three games, but they might be dropping after this massive stinker.
Jun 11 - 11:51 PM

J.R. Smith said the Cavaliers know their roles and don't go outside their boundaries.

While LeBron James has been otherworldly through the first three games of the NBA Finals, Smith said he and the Cavaliers role players are focusing on sticking to their roles. "They don’t go outside of their boundaries," Smith said. The mercurial Smith is shooting 35 percent from downtown in the series and his shooting discipline has played a large part in the Cavaliers taking a 2-1 series lead. We'll see if he can continue that discipline heading into Game 4 as his three-point shooting has been an effective complement to LeBron James' scoring onslaught.
Jun 11 - 9:38 AM

J.R. Smith lamented "dumb fouls and turnovers" in the Cavs Game 2 overtime win over the Warriors.

Smith is right in saying that he put himself in a situation for his team to lose the game, going as far as to say he "lost" his focus, but later credited his teammates for picking him up. To quote Smith, he didn't want the "phone calls, text messages, the Instagrams and tweets" if the Cavs had lost. Never change, J.R.
Jun 8 - 9:14 AM

J.R. Smith fouled out of Sunday's clutch road win with 13 points, four rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 38 minutes.

Smith made a few of his patented 'great-when-they-go-in' shots but overall he had a rough night. He committed two awful fouls in the final minutes of the game and his willingness to fight through physical screens will be tested as the series shifts back to Cleveland. For now, the Cavs must be satisfied to have stolen home-court advantage in the Finals.
Jun 7 - 11:53 PM

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