Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard JR Smith said Tuesday there was no conversation with Tyronn Lue about getting removed from the starting lineup, which is contrary to the head coach’s comments, and he wishes there could have been a discussion before the change was made.
Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reported Lue said he had a "positive talk" with Smith before making the switch, but the veteran guard disagreed with that assessment following the Cavs’ 129-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
"We didn’t talk," Smith told McMenamin. "He sent me a text [Monday], and I told him, ‘No problem.’ I didn’t know that it was a ‘talk.’"
He added: "That’s all right, though. I’m not upset about it. I just wish there would have been more dialogue, I guess."
This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
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March 14, 2018 at 07:01AM