J.R. Smith does not seem to be happy with his current situation in Cleveland.
On Sunday night, after the Cavs lost to the Hawks and Smith didn’t play, he took to Twitter and tweeted ‘not my choice’ when he was asked why he didn’t get on the court. He also tweeted ”some things are beyond your control.”
Smith echoed a similar sentiment in his Instagram comments on Sunday, telling a user to “ask the organization” why he didn’t play:
On Monday, Smith also posted a meme to Instagram about cutting people from his life.
There is something weird going on with Smith right now. He played four minutes against the Timberwolves on Friday, but didn’t play in the second half. He then didn’t play against the Hawks after Tyronn Lue said he’d play 10 players and then only played nine.
Smith and Kyle Korver are the likely players to fill the 10th spot in Lue’s rotation. When asked why the two veterans didn’t play, Lue said “I don’t know.”
It would make sense for the Cavs to deal with this as fast as possible. The vibe around the team already seems frustrated and Smith being unhappy doesn’t help. And, frankly, Smith may not even be the right player for the 10th spot in the rotation. Korver and David Nwaba (who was inactive against the Hawks) have reasonable cases for that spot. If Smith is out of the rotation, maybe it makes sense for both parties to find a way to end the current arrangement.
The Cavs next play on Wednesday at home against the Nets.