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CSN Washington Jul 2, 2015

VIDEO: John Wall dances on J.R. Smith-inspired "new toy"

John Wall posted a video of him dancing on the same machine that J.R. Smith rode during the NBA Finals, but a description of it simply won't do it justice.
Akron Beacon Journal Jun 30, 2015

Cavaliers enter free agency with six free agents; priority is retaining nucleus from last season despite soaring price

The Cavaliers will enter free agency Wednesday with a hammer and tool belt, only this time they’re not trying to rebuild the roster. They’re erecting a fence to keep everyone in. The main objective with July 1 arriving is figuring a way to keep the nucleus of a team that advanced to the NBA Finals intact. It’s going to cost owner Dan Gilbert tens of millions — in fact, the most he has ever spent. The Cavs have six free agents this month: LeBron James, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova and Iman Shumpert. Thompson, Dellavedova and Shumpert were extended...
Fear The Sword Jun 28, 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers 2014-2015 player reviews: J.R. Smith

The "Shump tax" was a pleasant surprise He moves silently. Effortlessly. He wears a smile so wide that it is challenged by almost nothing, save for the width of his hat. He is standing, yet his feet are not on the ground. He is moving through the halls, yet his limbs remain still, save for a handshakes, back pats, and knowing nods, none of which succeed in breaking his quick but non-existent stride. He is J.R. Smith, a hover boarding, pipe offering, shot taking savant. Wandering the countryside in search of contested shots. After all, the open shots, much like walking, are just too...
Plain Dealer Jun 26, 2015

With J.R. Smith not opting in, his return looks like a longshot -- Bud Shaw's Spinoffs

By not opting in, J.R. Smith will become an unrestricted free agent. Given his desire for a long term deal and the Cavaliers' other priorities, it's hard to imagine him returning next season -- Bud Shaw's Spinoffs.
Plain Dealer Jun 26, 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith declines player option, becomes free agent

J.R. Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers is opting out of his contract and will become a free agent this summer.
Fear The Sword Jun 26, 2015

J.R. Smith officially opts out of contract

J.R. Smith opted out of his contract in the most J.R. Smith way possible. Four hours before the 11:59 p.m. deadline to opt in or out of his contract, J.R. Smith hadn't notified the Cleveland Cavaliers of his decision. According to Cavs GM David Griffin, when 11:59 p.m. came, Smith never notified the Cavs one way or the other and became a free agent by default. Smith's salary for next would have been $6 million had he opted in. After the Cavs' Game 6 loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, Smith told reporters that he planned on opting out. Earlier this week, it was reported...
Plain Dealer Jun 25, 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith expected to decline player option on day of NBA Draft

Cavaliers expect J.R. Smith to opt out and become a free agent on the day of the NBA Draft.
Fear The Sword Jun 24, 2015

Report: J.R. Smith opts out of contract, has mutual interest with Cavs regarding new contract

J.R. Smith is going to test free agency. According to Shams Charania of Real GM, Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has opted out of the last year of his contract and will enter free agency. Both the Cavaliers and Smith, however, are interested in coming to terms on a new deal that would keep Smith in Cleveland for the foreseeable future. Smith's player option for next season was worth $6 million and would have been the last year of a three-year deal worth $17 million he signed with the New York Knicks in 2013. Smith signed that deal after being named NBA's Sixth Man of the Year at the...
Plain Dealer Jun 21, 2015
J.R. Smith started from the bottom in 2014 but went to the top with the Cleveland Cavaliers

J.R. Smith started from the bottom in 2014 but went to the top with the Cleveland Cavaliers

J.R. Smith came from a rough path in his life to comfort in Cleveland. And then the playoffs arrived.
Liberty Ballers Jun 18, 2015

LB Mock Draft: Cavs Get Wing Depth with Justin Anderson

The Cavaliers need young, athletic wing players to lessen LeBron James' burden in Cleveland. The long, sweet-shooting Justin Anderson can help Cleveland get back to the NBA Finals. Fresh off an NBA Finals appearance where LeBron James carried the corpses of Mike Miller and James Jones for six games, the Cavaliers will be relieved to add some young, cheap talent to a roster devoid of it with the 25th pick in next week's NBA Draft. Another offseason of player movement awaits Cleveland, as King James, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson can all hit various degrees of...
Fear The Sword Jun 17, 2015

J.R. Smith says he's 'probably' opting out, wants to be back in Cleveland

J.R. Smith wants to be a Cavalier next season, but he also wants a raise. J.R. Smith, he who again left Quicken Loans Arena on his PhunkeeDuck scooter last night, has a player option with $6.4 million for next season. In speaking with ESPN's Chris Broussard and The Plain Dealer's Chris Haynes, Smith says he'll 'probably' opt out but wants to be back in Cleveland for 2015-16. JR Smith told me he'll probably opt out of the final year, $6.4 million of his contract — Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 17, 2015 Clarity: J.R. Smith opting out doesn't mean he's not returning to #Cavs...

Cavs try to play small ball, too, but J.R. Smith goes cold

Cavs try to play small ball, too, but J.R. Smith goes cold The Cleveland guard was 7-of-28 from three-point range in the NBA Finals going into Game 5. Smith hit five of his first eight shots, including four three-pointers. The last three-pointer, at the 9:26 mark of the second quarter, was his last basket. 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. Smith, who finished with 14 points, basically said that shooters shoot and he will keep doing that in Game 6 in Cleveland. Gotta try and make some...
Akron Beacon Journal Jun 14, 2015

Cavaliers vs. Warriors: Game 5 fourth-quarter recap

Coach David Blatt and his team are going to look at the film and realize the reason they lost this game is courtesy of getting hammered on the boards. The Cavs were outrebounded 23-17 in the second half and 43-37 in the game and once again succumbed to running out of gas, much like in Game 4 at Quicken Loans Arena. The loss comes despite LeBron James’ second triple-double and third game of at least 40 points in the Finals. He added 14 rebounds and 11 assists. Despite that early spurt of scoring in the first half, J.R. Smith appeared to lose his confidence and didn’t score the rest of the...
Golden State Of Mind Jun 14, 2015

NBA Finals game 5: second half gamethread

It's been a rough-and-tumble first half, with neither team able to jump out to a big lead. Warriors lead 51-50. There's been no shortage of action in the game. A sloppy start to the game led to the Warriors jumping out early. The Small Ball Death Squad wasn't shooting particularly well, but they were moving effectively on offense and jumping Cleveland passing lanes all over the place. Cleveland responded by putting Lebron at center and adding James Jones to the lineup, and they clawed back to take the lead behind the shooting of J.R. Smith. The Warriors wouldn't go away though, and the...
Posting and Toasting Jun 14, 2015

NBA Finals Game 5 thread: J.R.'s revenge?

Finalsketball! Ever the self-critic, our old friend J.R. Smith did not mince words when asked to rate his performance over the first four games of the NBA Finals: J.R. Smith asked to assess his own game right now: "Horsesh--" — Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 12, 2015 But this is still J.R. we're talking about here. He'll probably knock down nine triples Sunday night and bring Rihanna to the postgame press conference.It's Earl's world; we're all just living in it. Cavs vs. Warriors tip off at 8 pm. Pretty big game, IMO.

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