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J.R. Smith | Guard/Forward | #5

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 225
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (18) / NO
Contract: view contract details

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Cavs general manager David Griffin said that J.R. Smith (thumb) is doing very well and may be "slightly ahead of schedule."
Smith has been seen working out on the court prior to each of the Cavs last two games. Smith was originally projected to miss 12-14 weeks after undergoing thumb surgery back on Dec. 20. If he returns by the 12-week mark, he'd be back in action by mid-March. However, Smith will likely have his playing time limited initially. In addition, with Iman Shumpert and Kyle Korver playing well, there isn't an excess of minutes to go around. Smith can be left on the wire. Feb 24 - 10:01 AM

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J.R. Smith (thumb) Tweeted in response to a recent report suggesting he could return to action within the next three weeks saying: "Please don't believe the hype, [I] still a ways to go."

The original report stated that Smith was rapidly recovering in his rehab from thumb surgery and that he would have his thumb "re-imaged" during the All-Star break to perhaps alter his timetable. However, Smith's tweet would imply that it's unlikely he alters course from the original 12-14 week timetable, meaning he likely won't be back until late-March at the earliest. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but there's too much uncertainty here to justify owning Smith in standard leagues.
Feb 13 - 5:23 PM

J.R. Smith recovery from right thumb surgery has reportedly been going very well, and there's a chance he could return to the court within the next three weeks.

Smith will reportedly have his surgically repaired right thumb re-imaged during the All-Star break, and if all goes well, his timetable to return could be adjusted. If Smith is able to get back to the court by mid-March, that would give him roughly 16 games to get himself back up to speed before Cleveland's postseason run. There's not quite enough here to recommend picking up Smith in standard leagues, but if you've got an open IR-spot in deep leagues, you might as well stash him.
Source: ESPN
Feb 13 - 3:49 PM

J.R. Smith is expected to return by April and "play at least a few" regular season games, according to the Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Smith fractured his thumb on December 20th and was expected to be sidelined for 12-14 weeks. Thus, his return date was expected to fall somewhere between late March and early April. So this news means he is on track. In fact, the report states that the Cavs are "pleased with his progress." However, there is no need to pick up Smith off the waiver wire. Even once he is cleared to play, his minutes will be limited and the Cavs (with the addition of Kyle Korver) have a crowded backcourt.
Feb 4 - 9:29 AM

J.R. Smith hasn't done any cardio exercises since fracturing his thumb on Dec. 20, but hopes to receive clearance to begin working out at his doctor's appointment on Friday.

Smith was given a timeline of 12-14 weeks, and he is just at the four-week mark, which means he is still a good two months away from returning to the court. "Right now it's just healing," Smith said. "I can't really do anything." Smith also stated he was happy the Cavs were able to improve their roster with the addition of Kyle Korver. However, with Korver now in the mix, Smith will see fewer minutes when he does return to action. Smith can be left on waiver wires in standard leagues.
Jan 20 - 9:30 AM

J.R. Smith’s thumb surgery was completed on Friday morning and the Cavs announced his "return to play timeline is currently projected at 12-14 weeks."

This is surprising news, as Smith's new timeline is more than twice as long as the initial reports, which had him out 4-6 weeks. Thus, Smith will now be targeting a return in late March or early April. If you had been holding onto Smith in hopes that he would only miss a month, you can now cut him loose. Iman Shumpert and DeAndre Liggins will see the biggest increases in playing time, with Shump being the more valuable fantasy asset.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 12:16:00 PM

J.R. Smith (thumb) is scheduled to have surgery on Friday, according to Chris Haynes of

This matches up with the previous reports and Smith is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks after the procedure. With Smith out, it was a combination of DeAndre Liggins, Iman Shumpert and Jordan McRae picking up some minutes. Shumpert may have the most value in deeper leagues even though Liggins should start. Smith's owners can drop him in most leagues.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 07:30:00 PM

J.R. Smith will reportedly require surgery to correct his broken right thumb, and he will miss an "extended period" of time.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports that the typical recovery time for this sort of injury is 4-6 weeks, but we should have something more definitive once he goes under the knife. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will be asked to do more on the offensive end with Smith out, and DeAndre Liggins could reportedly move into the starting five with Iman Shumpert earning extended time off the bench. Shumpert is on the radar as a speculative pickup in deep leagues, but Liggins isn't worth your time in most settings. With just late-round value on the year, Smith can be cut just about everywhere.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 11:42:00 AM

The Cavaliers fear that J.R. Smith suffered a broken right thumb against the Bucks on Tuesday.

Initial X-rays taken after the game were inconclusive, but Smith will be re-evaluated in Cleveland on Wednesday morning. If his thumb is broken, he's likely looking at an extended absence since the injury is to his shooting hand. DeAndre Liggins and Iman Shumpert will pick up more minutes if Smith misses time, but standard-league owners can leave them on the wire for now.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 12:30:00 AM

An MRI taken on J.R. Smith's right thumb was inconclusive.

He'll be re-evaluated on Wednesday in Cleveland and should be considered questionable for the game against the Bucks later that night. The injury is to his shooting hand, but we won't speculate on his availability until we learn more. If he sits, DeAndre Liggins could draw the start, but he won't be a great fantasy option.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 11:26:00 PM

J.R. Smith (right thumb injury) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

Smith didn't join his teammates on the floor for the second half and now we know why -- DeAndre Liggins started in his place. The injury is to the thumb on his shooting hand, but there's no word on the severity just yet. Smith finished with two triples for six points on 2-of-6 shooting.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 09:35:00 PM

DeAndre Liggins started the second half in place of J.R. Smith.

Smith is not even on the bench, but there's no word of any injury yet. Stay tuned.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 09:24:00 PM

J.R. Smith had 14 points (5-of-8 shooting), four 3-pointers, 1 rebound, zero assists and a steal in Saturday's victory over the Lakers.

Smith has been unable to locate his stroke for the majority of this season. He is averaging fewer than nine points per game for the first time since he was a 20-year old in New Orleans and shooting a frigid, career-worst 32.4 percent from the floor and 26.8 percent from downtown. Hopefully, Smith can build off a solid Saturday night.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 10:49:00 PM

J.R. Smith started Wednesday's game but couldn't find the range, finishing with eight points on 4-of-15 shooting.

Smith had played two minutes without the Cavs' big three prior to this game, and he struggled as a focal point of the defense without elite playmakers around him. "I was looking for shots and I was trying to make plays for others," he said. "It was something I hadn't done in three years ... fortunately that's over so I can get back to my normal game." He added two boards, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes, and the only good news is that his knee is healthy enough that he wasn't rested.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 12:43:00 AM

J.R. Smith finally broke out of his slump on Tuesday vs. the Grizzlies, notching 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting.

He hit 6-of-10 treys and added five rebounds, two assists and one block. He had more responsibility on offense tonight with Kyrie Irving resting, so he should be in line for another solid game in Wednesday's rematch with the Grizzlies with LeBron James, Kevin Love and Irving all resting at home. Smith was shooting 31.2 percent on the season prior to Tuesday and this was his first game with double-digit points since Nov. 11, but now looks like the time to pick him back up.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 10:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kyrie Irving
2DeAndre Liggins
3Kay Felder
SG1J.R. Smith
2Iman Shumpert
3Kyle Korver
4Jordan McRae
SF1LeBron James
2Richard Jefferson
3James Jones
PF1Kevin Love
2Channing Frye
3Derrick Williams
C1Tristan Thompson