J.R. Livid Over Losing Starting Role

Smith Frustrated by New Role

J.R. Smith ‘Absolutely’ Frustrated About Losing Starting SG Job to Wade

He knew it was coming, but once it became a reality, J.R. Smith took it hard.

According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, Smith was “absolutely” frustrated about losing his starting shooting guard job in favour of the newly signed Dwyane Wade. Smith, who has been man-ing the role for the past three seasons said that he is working on moving forward and learning his new job with the team.

“We talked about it. It wasn’t the most positive conversation, but we talked about it and we’ll get through it together,” Smith said.

While of course Smith realized that there was little to no chance of him holding onto his starting job, Smith was hopeful of an opportunity to work for the spot:

“Was working hard all summer and then coming in and not even really having a chance to earn my spot, but it’s alright. It is what it is,” Smith added.

Smith is coming off a season in which he averaged 8.6-points per game while shooting 35.1% from three-point range.

While the Cleveland Cavaliers do appear to be a much deeper team on paper, there has been some controversy surrounding the team. There have been earlier reports that Iman Shumpert was hopeful of being traded, while All-Star Kevin Love only found out about becoming the team’s new starting centre from LeBron James himself.

Maybe Cleveland is still the power house of the East, but that is not to say that they are all on the same page.


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