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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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J.R. Smith will start against the Knicks on Tuesday.
Revenge game to start the season? Coach Ty Lue said he's still not sure if Smith is all the way back conditioning wise and hinted that he might not play him his full minutes after just 12 minutes in the preseason. The Cavs don't have as much depth, so Smith could play more than his 30.7 minutes per game last year after he gets his wind back. He's a decent 3-pointers specialist late. Oct 21 - 5:13 PM

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J.R. Smith was quiet on Tuesday vs. the Wizards, scoring four points on 1-of-4 shooting with one board and one trey in 11 minutes.

He was expected to see 12-13 minutes, so he's not in great shape yet. He's going to be fine and should reprise his role as the starting SG this season. He averaged 12.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.6 3-pointers on 41.5 percent shooting in 2015-16, so give him a look late if these numbers appeal to your roster.
Oct 18 - 9:33 PM

J.R. Smith will be in the starting lineup for his preseason debut Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

He'll only be on the floor for roughly 12-13 minutes tonight. Smith will resume his role as Cleveland's starting two-guard this season, and he's worth a late-round look for those seeking some scoring and 3-point shooting with a trickle of steals.
Oct 18 - 6:13 PM

J.R. Smith is expected to play around 12-13 minutes vs. the Wizards on Tuesday.

They are playing at OSU and the Cavs might bring him off the bench so he can get a big ovation from the crowd. Smith should replace Iman Shumpert in the starting lineup once the games matter and he's a nice late-round target for any owner in need of treys.
Oct 17 - 2:09 PM

J.R. Smith will make his preseason debut Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

Smith and the Cavs finally came to terms on a deal on Friday, so Swish will be in uniform for Cleveland on Tuesday night. For what it's worth, head coach Tyronn Lue said that his regular starters will only be on the court for roughly half of Tuesday's meaningless exhibition against Washington.
Oct 16 - 3:26 PM

Cavs re-sign G/F J.R. Smith.

It's a four-year deal for Smith, but only the first three seasons come fully guaranteed. The contract details were first reported on Friday by ESPN's Marc Stein, confirmed by Smith himself on Uninterrupted and now the Cavs have made the signing official. In a related move, the team has waived Toney Douglas.
Oct 15 - 2:45 PM

J.R. Smith's new deal will guarantee him $45 million over the next three seasons.

This basically means the fourth year of his $57 million deal isn't guaranteed. The two sides weren't close in negotiations with the Cavs only offering about $10-$11 million per year, but a late push by the 76ers forced the Cavs to improve their offer. Both Manu Ginobili and Smith should send a nice thank you note to 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo. Smith averaged 12.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.6 3-pointers on 41.5 percent shooting last season and will reprise his role as the starting SG. He officially signed his deal on Saturday.
Source: ESPN
Oct 15 - 9:57 AM

J.R. Smith and the Cavs have come to terms on a four-year, $57 million deal.

It took a really, really long time for this to get done. Smith did get some interest elsewhere, but there was still very little doubt he'd sign with another team. Last season, he played in 77 games with 12.4 points per game and 2.6 treys. He'll likely be starting for the Cavs on opening night as a late-round specialist in fantasy.
Oct 14 - 8:24 PM

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, "it's only a matter of time" before J.R. Smith negotiates with other teams.

Stein adds the Cavs have been in the range of $10-11 million in annual salary. Per Stein, there are six teams capable of offering $13-27 million: Wolves, Suns, Jazz, Nuggets, Nets and 76ers. The Celtics are also in the mix, but they don't have much cap space. The Cavs aren't a lock to sign Smith anymore, which would mean more run for Jordan McRae and Iman Shumpert.
Oct 14 - 3:55 PM

The Celtics have reportedly expressed interest in signing unrestricted free agent J.R. Smith.

Smith is looked for an annual salary of $15 million, and with the current construction of the Celtics roster, they could only offer him around $9 million and a bench role, so it would be absolutely shocking to see anything come of this report. Cleveland remains the favorite to re-sign Smith, but this situation might not get resolved until the regular season.
Oct 9 - 3:37 PM

The Cavaliers reportedly offered J.R. Smith a deal in the $10-11 million range.

Smith is looking for $15 million per year, so the two sides still aren't close to a deal. Even with LeBron James publicly calling out the Cavs to get a deal done, it sounds like this could drag out for a couple more weeks.
Oct 7 - 11:23 AM

The Cavaliers and J.R. Smith are still far apart in their contract negotiations.

Smith wants close to $15 million annually, but the Cavs have still not approached that amount and are reportedly prepared to stand firm on their current offer, meaning that this is a situation that could drag all the way into the regular season. Because the only teams that could offer Smith that kind of money are uninterested in doing so, he doesn't have a ton of leverage here.
Source: Amico Hoops
Oct 5 - 10:24 AM

Cavs' GM David Griffin said that the team has made an "incredibly competitive and aggressive offer" to re-sign unrestricted free agent J.R. Smith.

"As we have stated and coach has previously stated, we think very highly of J.R. and we love him as a member of our team, as a member of our locker room," Griffin said. "He was essential to our success and for that reason we have made an incredibly competitive and aggressive offer in re-signing him." Smith is seeking a multi-year deal that will pay him roughly $15 million annually, and while the two sides have not found a common ground there, they remain engaged in a dialogue. It would be surprising to see Smith leave Cleveland.
Sep 28 - 10:28 AM

LeBron James is optimistic something will get done with free agent J.R. Smith "sooner than later."

There really has never been any serious doubt on Smith coming back to Cleveland. Smith has said he still wants to get a deal done with the Cavs and he's been in Cleveland recently. Considering how Mo Williams is going to retire, the Cavs need depth at guard. Smith is a late-round pick in standard leagues.
Sep 26 - 2:12 PM

J.R. Smith will not attend the Cavaliers' minicamp this week.

Cavs players and coaches are gathering for workouts for several days this week according to ESPN, but Smith could even miss the beginning of their official training camp to improve his leverage in contract talks. The two sides are reportedly still far apart and no recent progress has been made. Smith wants to return and is looking for a multiyear deal, but it doesn't sound like he's interested in taking a discount and he could explore other options if the talks don't progress soon. For what it's worth, a move away from Cleveland is pretty unlikely, but it could be a good thing for his fantasy value.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 11:18 AM

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