J.R. Smith has come out and said that he is “absolutely” frustrated that he has been asked to come off the bench due to the signing of all-star Dwayne Wade. Smith has started with the Cavs the past two seasons and won a ring with the team in 2015. On Monday Tyronn Lue announced that Dwayne Wade would be taking Smith’s spot in the starting line-up.
Smith said he “kind of knew…” that the move would be made after the Cavs signed Dwayne Wade on September 27th. During the 2012-2013 NBA Season, Smith won the NBA 6 man of the year award while averaging 18 points per game coming off the bench for the New York Nets. When asked about the situation Smith said, “(I) was working hard all summer and then coming in and not even really having a chance to earn my spot, but it’s all right.”
“I actually like playing on the second unit better, I’m more of a playmaker and distributor and I handle the ball a little bit more instead of just running to the corner.”
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Last season Smith struggled to put the ball in the hoop only averaging 8.6 PPG which was the 2nd lowest of his 14-year NBA Career. The veteran shooting guard will look to provide a spark off the bench alongside Derrick Rose and Tristan Thompson as the Cavs have made it a point to add depth this season to compete with the warriors.
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