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

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 9/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 225
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (18) / NO
Contract: view contract details

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According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Rockets "have expressed exploratory interest in acquiring JR Smith."
Smith is currently out indefinitely with the Cavaliers as they search for a new home for the SG. The 33-year-old shot just 30.8% from 3-point range this season and his best days are well behind him, so it's strange that Houston would want to pick up the last year of his deal valued at over $14M. Mon, Dec 10, 2018 08:22:00 PM

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The Cavs are reportedly willing to take on some long-term salary in order to move some of the veterans on their roster.

Cleveland is shopping J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver and George Hill, and it looks like they'd be willing to take on a bad contract in order to move one of those guys if a draft pick is included. Korver is one of the more attractive trade chips out of this group, as he's only owed $7.7 million next season, but moving Smith or Hill and their bloated contracts could prove to be more difficult.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Nov 28, 2018 12:16:00 PM

Per Joe Vardon of The Athletic, J.R. Smith "will no longer be actively with the Cavs."

Smith has recently reiterated his desire to be traded and "has no interest in playing for a team that has no interest in winning." According to Vardon, Smith will work with the team to trade him, and in the meantime will work out on his own. Smith had very little fantasy value even when he was active, and belongs on waivers in all formats now. Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson should see an uptick in minutes for Cleveland.
Tue, Nov 20, 2018 01:08:00 PM

J.R. Smith has asked to be traded twice and "has no interest in playing for a team that has no interest in winning."

Smith was bumped to the bench on Monday and finished with just two points in six minutes against the Pistons. With the contentious relationship between player and management, Smith has very minimal fantasy value in limited minutes off the bench.
Tue, Nov 20, 2018 10:09:00 AM

J.R. Smith moved to the bench with two points in six minutes against the Pistons on Monday.

The Cavs are starting to get some bodies back, so Smith moved way down in the rotation today. With Larry Nance now playing the four, that's pushed Cedi Osman to the wing more to take time away from guys like Smith. Drop J.R. in most leagues.
Mon, Nov 19, 2018 09:26:00 PM

J.R. Smith (illness) scored 13 points with five assists, three rebounds, one steal, one block and three triples vs. the Hornets on Tuesday.

He has really elevated his game since requesting a trade out of Cleveland. Maybe they will grant his wish and use the next several weeks to showcase him for a trade, but you should have a better option on your waiver wire with Cleveland only playing one more time this week.
Tue, Nov 13, 2018 09:56:00 PM

J.R. Smith (illness) is not listed on the injury report for Tuesday's game vs. Charlotte.

Smith missed practice on Monday due to an illness, but is on track to suit up Tuesday night. Cedi Osman (lower back spasms) and Kyle Korver (foot) have already been ruled out for Tuesday's game, so Smith may see some extra playing time.
Tue, Nov 13, 2018 12:26:00 PM

J.R. Smith missed practice on Monday due to an illness.

We'll consider him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Charlotte. The Cavaliers play twice this week and Smith is just a 3-pointers specialist, so there should be better options on your wire. Cedi Osman (lower back spasms) has already been ruled out for Tuesday and Kyle Korver is questionable with a sore foot.
Mon, Nov 12, 2018 01:07:00 PM

J.R. Smith moved into the Cavs' starting lineup on Wednesday but shot just 5-of-17 from the field for 13 points, two assists, one rebound, one steal and one block in 32 minutes.

It's a chaotic season for Smith, who was told after a few games that he wouldn't be in the rotation. He's reemerged with coach Larry Drew at the helm and has apparently been given the green-light to shoot from deep -- he recently moved past Daniel Gibson for the fifth-most 3-pointers in franchise history, and attempted 11 more tonight. He's worth adding if you need 3-pointers but his role is tenuous on a soon-to-be tanking team.
Wed, Nov 7, 2018 10:19:00 PM

J.R. Smith will start on Wednesday night against the Thunder.

Sam Dekker (ankle) is out of the lineup for 2-4 weeks, so Cedi Osman will slide over to the four. The Cavs used this lineup a lot in the second half on Monday, and it should open up a few extra minutes for Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood. Smith is worth a look in deeper leagues or in standard leagues if you're looking for a streaky shooter.
Wed, Nov 7, 2018 05:23:00 PM

J.R. Smith scored 14 points vs. the Magic on Monday, hitting 5-of-9 shots with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two triples in 25 minutes.

He's now posted consecutive 14-point games after two straight DNP-CDs. Smith has made it clear that he wants out of Cleveland and is doing a fine job showcasing himself, but finding a taker for his contract won't be easy.
Mon, Nov 5, 2018 10:19:00 PM

J.R. Smith scored a team-high 14 points with two rebounds, four dimes, three steals and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes during a loss to the Hornets on Saturday.

He matched the team high for dimes and steals while he also led in treys. Yes, the Cavs are bad, so maybe the Cavs can get Smith.
Sat, Nov 3, 2018 09:25:00 PM

NBA commissioner Adam Silver suggested that J.R. Smith will not face any penalties for admitting to a reporter that he is hoping to be traded.

"It’s a last resort to be sanctioning or disciplining a player," Silver said. "I think in the first instance those are team matters ... Talking to [Cavs GM Koby Altman] earlier, it is something that he and his interim coach [Larry Drew] are addressing directly." It would require a trade to an ideal situation for Smith to intrigue fantasy owners this season.
Thu, Nov 1, 2018 05:14:00 PM

J.R. Smith could be fined for telling a reporter that he wants to be traded.

To be clear, Smith was asked point-blank if he wanted to be dealt and he replied honestly, saying, "Yeah. They know. They don't want me here, so they obviously know." The Cavs' 1-6 record has accelerated the transition to young players and the desire for a trade is probably mutual, but no teams will be eager to acquire a 33-year-old swingman with a history of off-court issues and a $14.7 million salary.
Thu, Nov 1, 2018 02:46:00 PM

J.R. Smith said that he hopes the Cavs will trade him this season.

Yeah, good luck with that. The 33-year-old veteran has been very bad for the past two seasons and still has two years and a little over $31 million left on his deal. The Cavs would essentially have to give up draft picks to get him off the books, which wouldn't make sense for the franchise, and even then, it's tough to see a team willing to take on his horrific contract. He's stuck in Cleveland, irrelevant in fantasy hoops and will likely be fined for his comments.
Thu, Nov 1, 2018 11:47:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Collin Sexton
2Matthew Dellavedova
3Cameron Payne
SG1Alec Burks
2Jordan Clarkson
3J.R. Smith
SF1Rodney Hood
2David Nwaba
3Jaron Blossomgame
PF1Kevin Love
2Cedi Osman
C1Tristan Thompson
2Larry Nance
3John Henson
4Channing Frye
5Ante Zizic