JR Smith RUMORS & NEWS

  • JR Smith shoots down report about return from thumb injury

    Larry Brown Sports "J.R. Smith has some bad news for those who think he’ll be returning to action in a few weeks. ESPN reported on Monday that Smith is doing well in his rehab from the thumb surgery he underwent in December and is expected back by the middle of March. Smith responded to the report on Twitter later..." February 14

  • J.R. Smith took the Larry O’Brien Trophy with him to McDonalds

    Pro Basketball Talk "If you win the NBA title, you get to spend a day hanging on to the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Most players invite family and friends around to bask in the glow and remember a championship run. J.R. Smith took the trophy to McDonald’s. Because he’s J.R. Smith, that’s why. Just be happy he’s..." February 14

  • J.R. Smith could return in as little as three weeks

    Sportsnaut "Cleveland Cavaliers starting shooting guard J.R. Smith suffered a complex fracture on his right thumb back in December that required surgery. He was originally scheduled to be out 12-14 weeks, which projected him for a March or early April return. Reportedly, that timeline has been moved..." February 13

  • JR Smith thinks Charles Barkley is jealous of LeBron James

    Uproxx "The feud between Charles Barkley and LeBron James has become one of the NBA’s biggest stories because it’s the rare time when a current player has really fired back at the criticisms of a former NBA legend. James went after Barkley as both a player and a person in his response to Barkley’s..." February 03

  • J.R. Smith's daughter born 5 months premature

    SLAM Online "J.R. Smith and his wife, Jewel, shared heartbreaking news on Uninterrupted. Smith’s daughter, Dakota, was born five months premature and weighs just one pound. Smith had been out of action after suffering a fractured right thumb, but obviously this development puts matters in a new..." January 08

  • Cavaliers' J.R. Smith out until mid-to-late March after thumb surgery

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without guard J.R. Smith until mid-to-late March, the team announced on Friday. Smith had surgery to repair a fractured right thumb in the morning, and he is expected to be out of the lineup for 12 to 14 weeks. In the meantime, the Cavaliers' depth will be..." December 23

  • George Karl: J.R. Smith Had 'Distracting Posse', 'Sense Of Entitlement'

    Real GM Basketball "George Karl wrote critically of J.R. Smith in his new book while also referencing his "posse." Karl coached Smith for several seasons with the Denver Nuggets. Karl wrote Smith had "a huge sense of entitlement, a distracting posse, his eye always on the next contract and some really..." December 22

  • Sources: Cavs fear J.R. Smith has broken right thumb

    ESPN "Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith exited the first half of Tuesday's 114-108 overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks with a right thumb injury, and sources tell ESPN.com the team fears the thumb might be broken. Initial X-rays taken at the arena were inconclusive, according to the Cavs. Smith..." December 21

  • J.R. Smith needs thumb surgery, will miss extended period

    Fox 8 Cleveland "Bad news for Cleveland Cavaliers fans. J.R. Smith needs surgery on his thumb, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. The shooting guard will be out for an extended period of time. Smith hurt his right thumb near the end of the first half of Tuesday night’s game against the Bucks. He did not..." December 21

  • JR Smith day-to-day after MRI on knee comes back clean

    Larry Brown Sports "JR Smith is day-to-day for the Cleveland Cavaliers after the MRI on his injured knee came back clean, according to a report. Smith injured his knee during the Cavaliers’ game against their Eastern Conference rivals Toronto Monday, leading him to play just 10 minutes in the game. But The..." December 06

  • Struggling J.R. Smith battling a sore left knee, doesn't want MRI

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "J.R. Smith is battling a sore left knee, he told cleveland.com after a 113-94 Cavs loss to the Los Angees Clippers Thursday night. Smith, who scored just three points on 1-of-3 shooting, sat in his locker after the game with his left knee heavily wrapped in ice. He also limped across the court..." December 02

  • Tyronn Lue calls J.R. Smith's behavior 'embarrassing,' Smith was trying not to be boring

    Akron Beacon Journal "J.R. Smith addressed his mental lapse Tuesday night and his postgame response to it with Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who called it an “embarrassing moment” and said Smith did not handle it the right way. Smith blundered mentally in the second quarter of Tuesday’s blowout loss at the Milwaukee Bucks..." November 30

  • J.R. Smith (ankle) will not play against Charlotte Sunday

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "J.R. Smith "tweaked" his right ankle Friday against Washington and will not play Sunday against Charlotte, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. Mike Dunleavy, who is shooting 3-of-12 over his last four games off the bench, will start at shooting guard for Smith. The Cavs and Hornets play at 3:30..." November 13

  • J.R. Smith wanted to give Obama a T-shirt of his tattoos, but idea nixed

    Pro Basketball Talk "I so, so wish this would have happened. The Cavaliers made the traditional White House visit of champions Thursday, and part of that tradition is giving the president a jersey with his name on it. Kevin Love had the honors and handed the jersey over — but not before a little hesitation. Why the..." November 11

  • LeBron James, J.R. Smith react to Hillary Clinton's election loss

    ESPN "On Sunday, LeBron James was campaigning for presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in his native Ohio. On Wednesday, he was looking for answers after her loss to Donald Trump. He posted a message on his Instagram account saying in part: "If we continue the faith (as hard as it may be to do so) we..." November 09

  • Terry Francona and J.R. Smith are unlikely texting buddies who hope to actually meet soon

    Akron Beacon Journal "They are slowly becoming Cleveland’s Odd Couple, the Indians’ 57-year-old manager and the Cavs’ 31-year-old shooting guard. On the surface, Terry Francona and J.R. Smith seem to have little in common. But there is an admiration and respect between them that they hope will soon blossom into more —..." October 25

  • GM LeBron on JR Smith’s Contract Finally Being Done

    Black Sports Online "An integral piece to the Cavs championship defense hopes has finally signed and all is well in Cleveland. LeBron is pleased that JR Smith is back just before the season starts, and it shows that once again, what LeBron wants, LeBron gets. It is no secret that LeBron is consulted on personnel..." October 16

  • Details on How 76ers Pursuit Forced Cavs To Pay JR Smith

    Black Sports Online "The Philadelphia 76ers are an up and coming bunch with money to spend, and according to Marc Stein, helped another player land a huge deal with his original team. Earlier in the summer, Manu Ginobili was able to get big money out of San Antonio, after he reportedly considered signing an..." October 15

  • Smith shares baby news shortly after re-signing with Cavs

    Fox Sports "J.R. Smith is somewhere celebrating with his shirt off right now. The flashy shooter has re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he announced on LeBron James' "Uninterrupted" platform. Then, in true J.R. Smith fashion, he happily blurted out he's having another baby. The new contract is four..." October 15

  • Sources: Cavaliers to re-sign J.R. Smith with 4-year, $57 million deal

    ESPN "The Cleveland Cavaliers and J.R. Smith have reached agreement on a four-year, $57 million deal, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein on Friday. The fourth year of the deal is not fully guaranteed, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst. The deal kicks the Cavs' payroll to a record $125 million, and..." October 15

  • ‘Only a matter of time’ until Smith starts looking elsewhere

    Pro Basketball Talk "J.R. Smith was rumored to be looking at only the Cavaliers in free agency. But both sides remain in a stalemate not even LeBron James can break. What’s next? Marc Stein of ESPN: Sources say it’s only a matter of time before Smith starts engaging with other teams. Smith still..." October 14

  • Celtics Interested In Signing J.R. Smith?

    Real GM Basketball "The Boston Celtics have interest in signing J.R. Smith, who remains in a contract stalemate with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Smith is seeking $15 million per season from the Cavaliers while they are only offering $10 million or $11 million annually." October 09

  • We Finally Have Numbers That Explain the Contract Stalemate Between J.R. Smith and the Cavaliers

    Complex "We finally have contract numbers to understand exactly what’s going on between J.R. Smith and the Cleveland Cavaliers. On Cleveland.com, Cavs reporter Joe Vardon writes that Smith wants $15 million a year, while Cleveland has offered him $10-11 million per year. Smith is waiting for the Cavs to..." October 08

  • JR Smith Wants $15 Mil a Year, But Cavs Only Willing to Go This High

    Black Sports Online "JR Smith has been in the NBA for a long time, so he has to be burning up, waiting for an opportunity to practice with his guys. Smith and the Cleveland Cavaliers remain in a stalemate over a couple of million, even with Smith hanging around the team. Smith, who is represented by Klutch..." October 08

  • JR Smith, Cavs are reportedly $5 million per year apart

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers and J.R. Smith are in a classic contract stalemate, and at the moment it seems like there is no end in sight. According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, the Cavs are simply waiting for Smith to cave and sign the last contract they formally offered him. However, that is..." October 07

  • JR Smith Has Hilarious Response to Cavs Signing Toney Douglas

    12 Up "Free agent guard J.R. Smith isn't known to be a man of many words. Currently in the midst of a contract negotiation dispute with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Smith has remained silent in terms of how talks have progressed. Until now. Monday, the Cavaliers signed point guard Toney Douglas,..." October 03

  • Cavaliers owe it to LeBron James to overpay for J.R. Smith

    Cleveland Plain Dealer " Cinesport called to ask about unsigned guard J.R. Smith and his contract stalemate with the Cleveland Cavaliers. It is easy to spend other people's money, especially Cavs owner Dan Gilbert's money. Still, the Cavs need to end the silliness and settle the "dispute.'' " October 03

  • LeBron James Tells Cavs to Get J.R. Smith Deal ‘Done’

    SLAM Online "The Cleveland Cavaliers secured LeBron James’ return with a three-year, $100-million contract. Now, King James wants them to re-sign his free agent teammate and friend J.R. Smith." September 30

  • David Griffin: Cavs have made an 'incredibly competitive and aggressive offer' to re-sign J.R. Smith

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "When the Cleveland Cavaliers assembled in Santa Barbara, California last week for a team workout, hoping to set the tone for the upcoming season, there was an unmistakable absence: J.R. Smith. The team's starting shooting guard was also missing as the reigning NBA champions gathered inside..." September 27

  • DeAndre Liggins' Cavs contract partially guaranteed; dialogue with J.R. Smith continues

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "DeAndre Liggins, an NBA journeyman and former D-League defensive player of the year who impressed the Cavs this summer, is coming to training camp today on a partially guaranteed contract. Liggins, 28, is a 6-6 wing from the University of Kentucky who last played in the NBA with the Heat during..." September 26

  • Tyronn Lue: The Cavs already 'miss' J.R. Smith -- the 'heart and soul' of the team

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Tyronn Lue says the Cavaliers are "in a good place" now that they're together in California for LeBron James' minicamp, save for one thing. The guys, Lue included, really miss J.R. Smith. "The biggest thing is we miss J.R. I mean, you can feel it," Lue told cleveland.com in a phone interview..." September 22

  • J.R. Smith plans to skip Cavaliers minicamp this week

    ESPN "Shooting guard J.R. Smith will not attend the Cleveland Cavaliers' minicamp this week in California as he and the team remain at an impasse in contract talks, sources told ESPN.com. Cavs players and coaches are gathering for workouts for several days this week in Santa Barbara ahead of the..." September 19

  • J.R. Smith said he hopes to re-sign with the Cavs 'soon,' but there's a catch

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "J.R. Smith said he would sign a new contract with the Cavaliers "soon, I hope," which could in theory mean the team had all five of its starters from its 2016 championship back in the fold by the start of training camp. In theory. Smith, 31, is still a free agent and neither he nor the Cavs..." September 17

  • J.R. Smith says he doesn’t want to take advantage of Cavaliers in contract negotiations

    Complex "As he rolls up to the first hole, J.R. Smith is asked where he’s playing from. “The tips,” he says, as if you didn’t already know the answer. Because where else would the enigmatic Cleveland Cavaliers guard, liable to pull up from anywhere at anytime on the hardwood, tee off from but the..." September 16