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Fear the Newsletter: J.R. Smith is back

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Hello everyone and welcome to today's 'Fear the Newsletter', where we get back in the swing of things after a long break.

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In case you missed it, J.R. Smith has re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is obviously big news, as Smith has been a free agent all summer and there was some doubt as to when he'd actually re-sign. To make room for Smith, guard Toney Douglas was waived.

Smith is expected to play Tuesday, although he said Sunday that he has yet to take his physical and he needs to get into game shape. Douglas' departure also means that rookie Kay Felder will be the Cavaliers' starting point guard on opening night. That, in of itself, is an interesting development.

In other Cavs news, the whole squad was at the Indians playoff game against the Blue Jays over the weekend and they all seemed to have a great time. And no, that was not J.R. walking around drinking Jack straight from the bottle.

Random Cavs news alert: Chris Grant - aka the guy who drafted Anthony Bennett - now works for the Spurs as a scout. This is his first job in the NBA since getting the axe in Cleveland.

If you're looking for a podcast to listen to, check out 'Locked on Cavaliers', a Cavs podcast in the 'Locked on Podcast' network. It's hosted by me and you can subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher and AudioBoom. Also follow the show on Twitter @LockedOnCavs and like it on Facebook. Also, drop an e-mail or mailbag question to the show at

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What to read today: A look at possible NBA expansion sites by CBS Sports' Matt Moore, the New Yorker's profile of J.R. Smith, the continuing education of Mackenzie Dern by Shaun Al-Shatti, the New York Times' piece on new Swansea coach Bob Bradley and The White Flight of Derek Black by Eli Slaslow.

That's it for today. We'll talk to you tomorrow before the Cavaliers' final preseason game. If you aren’t already, sign up for the newsletter below and get it directly delivered to your mailbox.