JR Smith likely won’t be back with Cavs next season regardless of what LeBron does. JR just seems to be done with the situation and this latest benching is probably the final straw.
Lue said that he and Smith had a positive talk about the lineup change.
“It was good,” Lue said.
Smith said that there was no conversation with his coach about the move.
“We didn’t talk,” Smith told ESPN. “He sent me a text [Monday], and I told him, ‘No problem.’ I didn’t know that it was a ‘talk.'”
Smtih went on to talk about how the Cavs never run any plays for him.
“But I think it’s good for the first unit though,” he added, “because we actually get to have someone out there we’re going to run stuff for and who is a threat, as opposed to having somebody who is not an option.”
Smith said his scoring in the starting lineup came more in the flow of the offense, rather than featured sets.
“Those are ‘go-get-’em’ buckets,” Smith said. “Those wasn’t like, ‘All right, look, this is what we’re looking for …'”
He said with no featured sets, it can still lead to a night like he had against the LA Clippers on Friday, when he had 15 points on 6 for 15 shooting. Then he added, “It can go like that or it can go like the Laker game.”
Sounds like someone might get hit with some more soup soon. The Cavs blew out the Suns with JR coming off the bench scoring 14.