J.R. Smith

#5 SG / Cleveland Cavaliers / EXP: 13YRS Height: 6-6 Weight: 225 lb Age: 32 College: No College

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  • Smith will move into the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Bulls, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports. In a move that probably should have been made a week earlier, the Cavs will reinsert Smith into the starting five at shooting guard, while Dwyane Wade shifts to the bench. While both Wade and Smith have their deficiencies, Smith is a markedly better three-point shooter and a better defender at this stage in his career. After parting ways with an excellent outside shooter in Kyrie Irving this summer, the Cavs are desperate for floor-spacers in the backcourt, and that's exactly what Smith will bring. The 32-year-old has struggled thus far -- 2-13 3PT -- but he's a career 37.3 percent shooter from deep -- a drastic upgrade over Wade's career mark (28.7% 3PT).

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  • Smith will enter the starting lineup for Friday's preseason finale against the Magic, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. LeBron James continues to deal with a sore left ankle, so he'll get the night off on Friday. As a result, coach Tyronn Lue will push Dwyane Wade over to small forward, with Smith entering the top unit at shooting guard. Smith should see a temporary uptick in minutes, though he's already been confirmed to be opening the year in a bench role, so once James is back to full strength, look for Smith to operate as one of the first reserves off the bench.

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  • Smith will come off the bench this season with Dwyane Wade officially being named the starting shooting guard, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports. While Smith served as a primary starter through his three seasons in Cleveland, coming off the bench is nothing new for the 32-year-old. Smith made a living coming off the bench during his time in New York and even won the Sixth Man of the Year award with the team in 2013. While Smith heading to the bench limits the floor spacing of the Cavaliers' starting unit, the streaky jump shooter should help bolster the team's bench production for this coming season.

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  • Smith will sit out Sunday's preseason matchup against the Wizards for rest, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports. The Cavaliers will hold out nine players on Sunday, with the majority just getting the night off for rest. Look for Smith to rejoin the lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against the Bulls. With Dwyane Wade (rest) and Iman Shumpert (foot) also out, look for Kyle Korver to pick up more minutes at shooting guard, while some guys like Jeff Green and Richard Jefferson could have to play out of position as well.

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  • Smith will start Wednesday's preseason game against the Hawks, Cavs play-by-play announcer John Michael reports. The Cavaliers are set to be without LeBron James (ankle) Wednesday, so both Dwyane Wade and J.R. Smith with start at shooting guard and small forward. It remains to be seen which player will ultimately start alongside James on the wing once he's healthy, so that should continue to be monitored over the rest of the preseason.

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