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JR Smith
Position: G
Born: 11/09/85
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $6,399,750
Cleveland still has plenty of work to do in free agency — with Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Matthew Dellavedova all in line for new contracts, as well — but the commitments Cavs owner Dan Gilbert already has made in the first few hours of free agency to Love and Thompson send a strong message to James about the franchise’s commitment to winning, since it ensures that the Cavaliers are headed for a massive luxury-tax bill after the upcoming season.

Cavs not totally sold on JR Smith

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Cleveland’s sixth free agent is J.R. Smith, who declined his $6.4 million player option last week. “I know they do not value him there,” a league source said of the Cavs’ attitude toward Smith, who was brilliant starting at shooting guard when he arrived in a trade from the Knicks in January but suffered notable missteps in the playoffs.
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Bieber has one … so does Jamie Foxx and Chris Brown — but the guy who ignited the biggest sales boom of those new 2-wheeled scooters is Cavs star J.R. Smith … TMZ Sports has learned. It’s called the PhunkeeDuck — a foot-controlled motorized scooter — and Smith was often seen zooming around on one during the NBA Finals … watched by roughly 18.5 million people. We spoke with PhunkeeDuck founder Max Waxman who tells us sales exploded thanks to the NBA Finals exposure … “We did almost as many in sales as we had done in the prior 5 or 6 weeks.”
It’s hard to figure what the market will be for Smith because of his inconsistent play and disciplinary history. Some executives think Smith, 29, will be looking for at least a three-year deal, and that may chill the demand. James will want Smith back, but if he wants much of a raise, this will become a hard call considering the Cavs’ other debts. If the market for Smith is soft, the Cavs may get away with being able to low-ball him — a risk Smith must consider before taking the opt-out.
And just like that, Smith was done. The last three-pointer, at the 9:26 mark of the second quarter, was his last basket. He finished with seven straight misses, all from beyond the three-point line. “I don’t know what happened to him,” James said. “We kept going to him and he was missing…. “He took some great shots. Some of them were in a rhythm and some of them — after he hit a few, he loves to go to the heat check, and we’re all OK with that. He just missed them.”
After Smith nearly blew Game 2 with his fouls and defensive lapses, LeBron took him aside and told him, “You want it so bad you’re trying to make plays and you’re making the wrong plays.” As the series heads into Sunday’s Game 5, the need for Smith to make the right plays is growing. LeBron has carried this undermanned team as far as humanly possible against the deeper, healthier, more talented Warriors. But he’s starting to show signs of exhaustion. He’s needed intravenous fluids just to get game-ready. He needs help, and not the collective 19 points Smith, Shumpert and Dellavedova mustered in Game 4.
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If you look carefully at Smith’s statistics, they aren’t much different in Cleveland than they were in New York. And yet Smith says he feels like an entirely different person. “Since I first walked through the door, everybody was so excited for me to be on the team,” Smith says. “I haven’t felt that since high school, where somebody actually looks forward to having you on the team and wants you to do well. That’s pretty important for a person’s psyche.”
Yet the Finals spotlight burns hot, causing even the most audacious personalities to recoil. Smith would not be the first to succumb to the pressure. “I don’t think it’s pressure,” Smith’s father, Earl, told Bleacher Report on his way out of the arena. “I think he’s just thinking too hard. All you’ve got to do is just catch and shoot. You’re thinking while you’re shooting the ball. That’s why he’s not making them. You can see the difference in his rhythm—at least I can, anyway.”
The Cavs survived Game 2 and all is good despite Smith’s erratic performance that saw him score 13 points, commit two turnovers and six fouls. So far it hasn’t been a good Finals for Smith, who was 3-of-13 in Cleveland’s Game 1 loss. He vowed to drive the ball more in Game 2 and did so, but shot just 5-of-13. “Mostly I looked at it as my fault,” Smith said. “I had a lot of dumb fouls and turnovers. I put ourselves in a situation for us to lose that game. I lost my focus, but fortunately I have great teammates.”
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