HoopsHype JR Smith rumors

January 26, 2015 Updates

David Aldridge: Me: But when you knew Cleveland wanted you, what did that say to you? JR Smith: When I first heard about the trade and the possibilities, it was kind of mixed feelings. It was like, this could be a blessing in disguise. But I don't want to leave 'Melo by himself. Because just being in this situation, it's tough. Being in this situation alone is worse. So that bothered me a lot. And then I kind of got selfish with it. This is the best situation for me as a person. And make the best out of any situation. And I think I am right now. All the players seem to be responding to me very well, and the coaches love me. So I have no complaints. NBA.com

David Aldridge: I saw Carmelo a couple of weeks ago. I had forgotten y'all played together in Denver as well as New York. So what is it like when you've been with a guy for so many years, and you get close, and then it's just over. JR Smith: That was the toughest part about the trade. We played together nine years. The bond, the camaraderie, the brotherhood that we gained, it's, I wouldn't say over, it's just discontinued. When you're playing with a person like 'Melo, you depend on him a lot, from on the court and off the court. I can always go to him for advice, just everyday life things, as well as stuff on the court. So I think that's the toughest part. But fortunately, coming to a team like this, I've also got him in a different person, between him and LeBron. It's pretty much the same concepts and stuff like that; it's just coming from a different voice. NBA.com

David Aldridge: Are there similarities both on the court and in terms of leadership between he and Carmelo? JR Smith: Yeah. I think he's more of a vocal leader than 'Melo is. 'Melo's more of a I'm gonna show what to do, and if you follow suit, that's what it is. 'Bron is more of an 'alright, this is what's gonna happen; you're gonna do this, this, this and this,' or you're gonna receive this. He's more of a vocal person than 'Melo is. 'Melo is more behind the scenes, still gets his work in and everything in, you just don't see as much. 'Bron is more, you see it. I don't think it's a right or wrong way; (but) it's definitely a different in the culture between the two. NBA.com

David Aldridge: I wonder if you and Shump view it as, we've got another shot here. We could go from worst to first in one season. JR Smith: Yeah. I mean, I definitely look at it like that. I think it was harder for Shump because it was his first trade. New York was his first team. He had so many, at the point in time when we got traded, that was all he knew as a player his first three, four years. It's tough because, other than that one year when we got the second seed, he's never won consistently at this level. So it's tougher for him than it was for me...right now, I think we're definitely -- I know he is, because he's pressing to come back from the injury -- but we're locking in as a unit more than anything. We came into the situation like, alright, man, it's just me and you until we see what the other guys are like. It's just us. And then meeting everybody, it was like, okay, it's all of us. NBA.com

January 22, 2015 Updates

Smith’s increased his per-game scoring (plus-6.1 points per game) and 3-point field goal percentage (plus-7 percent) since he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 5. It's a small sample size, but Carmelo Anthony has noticed. “He’s playing well,” Anthony said Wednesday morning. “I know what type of game he has and what he can do, so he looks comfortable out there, he looks like he’s settling in very well. I’m actually happy for him. "It’s a change of environment for him, new thought process, new mind set. Mentally he looks like he has some clarity right now. I believe LeBron [James] will help him make that adjustment that much better.” ESPN.com

January 20, 2015 Updates
January 12, 2015 Updates

New Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was seen icing his right elbow after the 103-84 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. He was grimacing in pain as he removed the ice wrap. He got dressed very slowly and carefully, not to agitate it any further. Smith said he felt his arm hyperextend when he drove to the basket in the fourth quarter. He says no test was needed and he did not anticipate missing any games because of it. "It affected my shooting in the fourth," Smith told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "I couldn't get a full follow through. I'm in a little pain, but it's nothing too serious. I'll be OK." Cleveland Plain Dealer

One light moment from tonight: J.R. Smith wore Kyrie Irving’s shoes for the first time. He tends to bounce around a lot with his shoes, he said, sometimes even in the same game. If he doesn’t get off to a good start, Smith said he’ll change his shoes after the first quarter. If he’s missing shots or turning the ball over, he’ll change his shoes. The most he ever changed his shoes was four times, he said: Once before the start of every quarter during a particularly miserable night against the Memphis Grizzlies. Finally, he said he scored 23 points in the fourth. Akron Beacon Journal

January 10, 2015 Updates

The New York Knicks, by signing Louis Amundson to a 10-day contract Saturday, have just expanded the NBA’s all-time 10-team club to an even dozen. Amundson was promptly waived by the Knicks earlier this week after they acquired him from Cleveland as part of the three-team swap with Memphis and Oklahoma City headlined by J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Dion Waiters. But by resigning him, New York has given Amundson the opportunity to join the following exclusive list Below are the only 12 players in league history to have played for at least 10 different teams: 12 teams: Chucky Brown, Jim Jackson, Tony Massenburg and Joe Smith. 11 teams: Mike James and Kevin Ollie. 10 teams: Lou Amundson, Earl Boykins, Mark Bryant, Drew Gooden, Damon Jones and Aaron Williams. ESPN.com

January 9, 2015 Updates

Then there’s the question of whether or not Smith will cause headaches, as he so often has throughout his NBA career. But sources say there were some within the organization who pushed to add Smith. He is a better catch-and-shoot option than Waiters – something the Cavaliers will welcome with players such as James, Irving and Love attracting so much attention. New York Post

January 8, 2015 Updates

But at least he isn’t a Knick any longer, where the vibe at the Garden was troublesome. “Everybody in the building was pretty much walking on eggshells so it was kind of hard to prosper in that way, especially when you are not accustomed to it,’’ Smith said. “But eventually I’m sure they’ll get it right.’’ New York Post

Smith admitted when he was traded Monday along with Iman Shumpert to the Cavaliers he was upset, mainly because of his longtime friendship with Carmelo Anthony. “I was upset that I don’t get to play with my best friend who I’ve played with for the last nine or 10 years,’’ he said. “We’ve been together so long and we complemented each other so well from the inside out game. “Off the court too, we hung at each other’s houses. “Last year we had more of an effort thing,’’ he said of the Knicks. “Maybe we were locked into what we were supposed to be. This year we were trying to do the right thing, there were just too many things going around.’’ New York Post

Until James strolled into Cleveland's locker room Wednesday night, the Cavaliers lived much of this without him. He said he hadn't talked to Waiters since the trade Monday night and "I haven't reached out to anybody." We don't know whom he calls or texts, but James' interactions with his Cavs teammates may have been limited to a shoutout on Instagram last Friday – Day 2 of his rehab program – and some tweets on Wednesday asking fans to vote for Love and Irving for next month's All-Star Game in New York. Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 7, 2015 Updates

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