JR Smith back to Cleveland

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JR Smith: Happy to say that I am returning to the Cavs! It’s been a long ride this summer but I can say for sure, well worth the wait. When I opted out of my contract, I wanted to understand the landscape of the NBA and where I fit best. 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. Thank you to the Cavaliers for making this happen. Can’t wait to get started! #TheLand http://instagram.com/p/6oG0NDNfH-/

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“Last year was frustrating, numbers individually was pretty solid, but just the love and excitement wasn’t there,” he said. “So I had to look in the mirror this summer and realize that I got to change and I got to get back to how I was.” To that end, he refocused this offseason and put an emphasis on becoming a better leader. He organized players-only training and outings in both Miami and Las Vegas in an attempt to create cohesiveness within the group before camp. “Just getting to know somebody and hanging out … it was really good,” he said. “That’s going to carry over onto the court.”
When Sam Dekker began his career with the Rockets a year ago, he was already trying to make up for lost time and battling back problems. He had sat out most of the summer and never could get over the back issues that put him out until opting for the surgery that cost him most of his rookie season. After just one practice of the Rockets training camp on Saturday, Dekker felt as he never did last season. “It feels really good,” Dekker said. “I’ve had a great summer. This is the best I’ve ever felt in my life. Really good energy with the team. We have a lot to be optimistic about.”
September 24, 2016 | 5:50 pm EDT Update