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J.R. Smith | Guard/Forward

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 225
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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J.R. Smith said he's happy to be back in Cleveland playing for head coach David Blatt.
While saying he'd run through a brick wall for Blatt, Smith expounded on his strong feelings for his head coach. "First things first, before we get into basketball, Coach really cares about me as a person," Smith said. "That's one of the first coaches I've had that actually cared about me off the court more than on the court, so it was that much easier for me to play for him and give my all because I know he cares about me as a person. Smith excelled in a bench role for the Cavs last season and is worth late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues for his ability to drain threes. Oct 1 - 10:24 AM

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The Cavs officially re-signed J.R. Smith on Wednesday.

It's a two-year deal with a $5 million salary in 2015-16, and Smith reportedly worked a no-trade clause into the bargain. Smith thrived in a bench role after joining the Cavs last year, averaging 12.7 points, a career-high 2.8 threes, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals in nearly 32 minutes per game. The 3-pointers alone make Smith a worthwhile target in the late rounds.
Sep 2 - 7:15 PM

J.R. Smith reportedly received a no-trade clause as part of his new deal with the Cavs.

Smith re-signed on a two-year deal, with the second being a player option and due to the nuances of the CBA he got a no-trade clause. Feel free to read this blurb over and over again until you fall asleep.
Aug 24 - 10:36 AM

J.R. Smith will re-sign with the Cavs on a two-year deal with the first year worth $5 million.

"When I opted out of my contract, I wanted to understand the landscape of the NBA and where I fit best," Smith said on his Instagram account. "The Cavaliers had things they needed to do in order to piece together a championship caliber roster. I ended up deciding that instead of potentially securing a larger deal elsewhere, I wanted to rejoin an incredible organization in pursuit of the ultimate goal, an NBA championship." Smith's social media accounts are usually known for other things, so he must be changing. He'll be a mid-round pick in fantasy leagues after turning in early-round value after the break last season.
Aug 20 - 9:39 PM

According to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, J.R. Smith is still expected to re-sign with the Cavaliers.

Smith is going to be forced to take a pay cut because there hasn't been a lot of interest from other teams, but a deal should be reached pretty soon. Smith will be coming off the bench behind Iman Shumpert, and his value is going to be limited while the Cavs are at full strength.
Aug 15 - 11:05 AM

It is reportedly just a matter of time before J.R. Smith and the Cavaliers agree to a new deal.

Smith made the wrong decision by opting out his contract with the Cavs for the 2015-16 season, and he will likely be forced to take a pay cut now. Smith will be coming off the bench behind Iman Shumpert if he does re-sign, but his inconsistency will limit his value to deeper leagues while the Cavs are at full strength.
Aug 7 - 9:14 AM

The Cavs are reportedly still interested in bringing J.R. Smith back to Cleveland.

Smith hasn't found any takers after opting out of his 2015-16 player option and he may have no choice but to sign with the Cavs after the Sixers' interest has reportedly waned. While the 29-year-old has said he'd like to be a starter, he'll likely have to settle for returning to a bench role wherever he signs and won't be worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues if that's the case.
Aug 4 - 12:12 PM

J.R. Smith said he wants to join a team where he can "make a difference."

"I would love to be a starter, but it depends on the situation and what team I’m on," Smith said. "Cleveland is in a situation where they don’t really need me to start. I can come off the bench and bring the energy and stuff like that." This isn't the most telling info on Smith, but every day that goes by makes him less likely to be back with the Cavs. He would have more fantasy value on another team and probably won't be worth drafting in standard leagues.
Aug 3 - 5:52 PM

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.
Source: ESPN
Jul 21 - 11:06 AM

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

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PG1Kyrie Irving
2Mo Williams
3Matthew Dellavedova
SG1Iman Shumpert
2J.R. Smith
3Austin Daye
4Joe Harris
5Jared Cunningham
6James Jones
SF1LeBron James
2Richard Jefferson
3Cedi Osman
4Sir'Dominic Pointer
PF1Kevin Love
2Tristan Thompson
C1Timofey Mozgov
2Anderson Varejao
3Sasha Kaun