After signing a new contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers over the weekend, J.R. Smith will play tomorrow in the team’s preseason finale against the Washington Wizards.
"I want to play him about 12 or 13 minutes," coach Tyronn Lue said per cleveland.com. "I don't know if I'm going to start him or bring him off the bench so he can get an ovation from the fans. I'm not sure yet."
Smith signed a deal over the weekend for four years and $57 million. At his first media availability, he admitted that he needs to get into game shape and there’s reason to believe that he’ll struggle at least a little bit as the season gets going.
For what it’s worth (probably not much), Smith looked good taking threes at his first practice:
Per Lue, the whole team will play Tuesday. That includes Channing Frye, who hurt his ankle last week and missed Friday’s game against the Chicago Bulls. This means that the Cavs will run out their normal rotation for the first time. Even if Smith doesn’t the normal 20-25 minutes that he’d normally play, tomorrow’s game will be the first real look at what the Cavs’ rotation will look like this season.