JR Smith RUMORS & NEWS

  • JR Smith 'most comfortable' off bench and LeBron James says he'll play all 82

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "There is a reason JR Smith won't say when asked if he's finally found his rhythm, and at the best possible time with the playoffs just a game away. He's been asked before, after a good game or two, and gone right back into the tank. "Man every time you guys ask me that question I go in a..." April 10

  • Cavaliers never lost confidence in JR Smith and he's starting to reward them for it

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Two of the Cleveland Cavaliers' core four -- JR Smith and Tristan Thompson -- have battled inconsistency all season, forcing the coaching staff to make tough decisions while altering their roles. But whether it was Tyronn Lue or stand-in coach Larry Drew, the decision was made to stick with the..." April 02

  • J.R. Smith, Tyronn Lue give conflicting accounts of benching communication

    ESPN "With the Cavaliers mired in a two-game losing streak, dropping their record to just 6-6 since February's trade deadline, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue decided to shake up his team again by bringing JR Smith off the bench against the Suns on Tuesday and starting Kyle Korver in his place. Korver..." March 15

  • JR Smith disappointed with lack of communication about benching

    Larry Brown Sports "J.R. Smith was disappointed about the lack of communication from Tyronn Lue regarding his benching. Prior to the Cavaliers’ game against the Suns on Tuesday, Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue made the decision to have Kyle Korver start the game in favor of Smith, who has struggled this season...." March 14

  • Kyle Korver to start tonight for JR Smith, who may have new role for rest of season

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Kyle Korver would start for JR Smith tonight against the Suns, and Smith would continue to come off the bench when Rodney Hood returns from a back injury. Lue said the Hood would not play tonight because of his lower back strain and that Jeff Green would start..." March 13

  • Smith won't open up about soup fiasco

    ESPN "Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith addressed his one-game soup-throwing suspension Saturday, admitting that even he found the internet's meme-mania reaction to be humorous. "Some of them were actually pretty funny," Smith said. "I understand that everything I do is going to have a meme or..." March 03

  • Kenny Smith J.R. Smith's Soup Incident: Ultimate Disrespect

    TMZ "Kenny Smith says J.R. Smith's soup-throwing incident could create some MAJOR issues with the Cavs' chemistry ... telling TMZ Sports J.R.'s actions will affect the whole team. We spoke with the Jet about J.R.'s 1-game suspension for reportedly hurlin' soup at Cleveland asst. coach Damon Jones..." March 03

  • JR Smith earned suspension for throwing soup at assistant Damon Jones

    ESPN "Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith earned his one-game suspension from the team Thursday by throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones, multiple sources with knowledge of the incident told ESPN. Jones, a former Cavs player, has been back with Cleveland since 2014 and worked his way..." March 02

  • Report: JR Smith was upset about being benched, insubordinate

    Larry Brown Sports "Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith was suspended by the team for Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, and now more details are beginning to emerge about what led to the punishment. Veteran ESPN commentator Alvaro Martin reported that the former Sixth Man of the Year was upset to..." March 02

  • J.R. Smith Considered Asking Tyronn Lue To Pull Him From The Lineup At Times This Season

    Dime Magazine "The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be emerging from wild and well-chronicled struggles in the aftermath of a (very) active trade deadline. While the combination of LeBron James and the team’s new acquisitions will garner most of the attention, internal improvement from Cleveland’s veteran role..." February 14

  • A Rejuvenated JR Smith Was the Cavs Best Trade Deadline Acquisition

    12 Up "​We'll miss the old, careless JR Smith from early this season for the lowlights. But for the Cavs sake, they need the sharpshooting two guard that played a key role in their championship season two years ago. The past two games have been a subtle reminder of how good JR Smith can be when..." February 14

  • Tyronn Lue stuck with JR Smith this season because of 2016 Finals Game 7 heroics

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "JR Smith has offered more than a few justifications for Tyronn Lue's sticking with him in what has been (until lately) a fairly trying season for Smith and the Cavs. But Lue's loyalty to Smith traces back much further, to Game 7 of the 2016 Finals. "If it wasn't for JR in '16 making those..." February 13

  • LeBron James To JR Smith: ‘We’ve Got A F–king Squad Now’

    SLAM Online "LeBron James was immediately impressed with the new-look Cavaliers after a series of big deadline-day trades. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, LeBron told JR Smith that Cleveland has “a fucking squad” with all the new additions." February 12

  • NBA trade rumors: Cavaliers finding Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith are virtually 'unmovable'

    Sporting News "The Cavaliers are asking a lot of tough questions before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline. They have long said they don't want to move the Nets' first-round pick acquired in the Kyrie Irving trade, but according to ESPN, they're questioning whether they should even trade their own first-round..." February 07

  • The Cavs Can’t Find A Team To Take On Tristan Thompson Or J.R. Smith In A Trade

    Uproxx "The Cleveland Cavaliers are in trouble. The reigning and three-time defending Eastern Conference champs are perilously close to falling out of the top four in the East and the prospects of improving the roster at the trade deadline are growing ever slimmer as the hours tick down to 3 p.m. ET on..." February 05

  • Cavaliers reportedly shopping J.R. Smith; willing to trade Brooklyn pick for right player

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "It would be nice if the Cleveland Cavaliers could secure a long-term commitment from LeBron James. It's doubtful that will happen for a variety of reasons: 1. The history between owner Dan Gilbert and James is very rocky. No need to re-hash all the old hash of the 2010 Decision leading James..." February 03

  • JR Smith Says He'd Accept Bench Role for Cavaliers Amid Team's Struggles

    Bleacher Report "As the Cleveland Cavaliers search for answers to break out of their current malaise, JR Smith would be willing to take on a different role for the team. Per ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Smith said after Tuesday's 114-102 loss to the San Antonio Spurs he'd accept a role off the bench. Cavaliers..." January 24

  • Cavs interested in Lou Williams, have offered J.R. Smith, Thompson

    CBS Sports "The Cavaliers are struggling this season and the front office apparently thinks it's more than just their usual January swoon. They've been linked in trade rumors involving the Kings' George Hill and the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan already. Now, they've been linked to another guard and one that can..." January 19

  • JR Smith passes Kobe Bryant on NBA's 3-point list

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "With his second made 3-pointer on Saturday night, Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard JR Smith passed NBA legend Kobe Bryant on the all-time 3-point list. Smith is now 12th with 1,828 triples. He is closing in on the 11th spot, only three away from moving ahead of Chauncey Billups." December 10

  • Report: JR Smith, Channing Frye among Cavs who did not want Dwyane Wade

    Larry Brown Sports "LeBron James spilled some tea recently about the somewhat chilly reception best friend Dwyane Wade got upon his arrival in Cleveland this offseason, and now more details are trickling in about who exactly James was referring to. James told Jason Lloyd of The Athletic in a feature that ran on..." December 01

  • J.R. Smith on Celtics start: “We don’t start paying attention until after All-Star break”

    Pro Basketball Talk "I’m not sure any LeBron James team can fly under the radar, but the Cavaliers have relatively quietly won five in a row. Most importantly, in those five games, Cleveland’s defense is 8.6 points per 100 possessions better than their season average (and eighth in the league in that stretch). The..." November 22

  • JR Smith now selling hats showing ‘Arthur’ fist at ridiculously high price

    The Sports Daily "Only LeBron James has a strong enough social media influence to turn a simple meme into a business opportunity for one of his teammates. James posted a meme on Instagram showing the cartoon character “Arthur” clenching his fist earlier in the month when the Cavs were struggling, and social..." November 17

  • J.R. Smith Again Fires Back at ESPN's Stephen A. Smith After Hoodie Criticism

    SI "J.R. Smith and ESPN's Stephen A. Smith continued their feud Monday after the two engaged in a Twitter war over the weekend. After the ESPN analyst complained on his radio show that the Cavaliers guard wearing a hoodie on the bench would remind white fans about the fatal 2012 shooting of..." October 30

  • J.R. Smith sounds off on Stephen A. Smith over Trayvon Martin comment

    Sporting News "Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith went on a Twitter rant Saturday morning against ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. Smith was responding to comments made by the "First Take" analyst earlier in the week when he criticized the guard for wearing a hoodie on the bench. Smith said the hoodie will remind people of..." October 28