J.R. Smith is enjoying the post-LeBron James era about as much as Cavaliers fans, and he's ready to move on.
That means Love will not be playing when LeBron James returns to Cleveland with his Lakers on November 21.
Smith, who hasn't played at all in 3 of Cleveland's 7 games this season and seen sharply reduced minutes in the other 4, said it wasn't just the lack of playing time, but a lack of communication about it, that bothered him.
The five-time All-Star signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension this summer. He was briefly in the rotation before coach Tyronn Lue was sacked on Sunday. "Fortunately I got a great crew of people, former teammates, teammates, former coaches, lot of people in my ear that's helped me to go through this process". Regardless how hard it is to walk in here and actually put on, as hard as it may sound, to put on a Cavs jersey or shirt.
In December, the Cavaliers expect to announce an update on Love's timeline to return to the court after treatment and rehabilitation.
"I just worry about what I can control, worry about being a good vet to these young guys who are playing", Smith said.
"It's not about me, it's not about who wants me here and who doesn't want me here".
It seems as if the Cavaliers don't plan on playing Smith and he appears to have no interest in spending his final National Basketball Association seasons as a benchwarmer for a lottery team.
"The Cleveland Cavaliers had an 'option, ' in its sole discretion, to extend the contract of its former Assistant Coach Jim Boylan one additional year for the 2018-2019 National Basketball Association season".