There's JR Smith-Dwyane Wade drama over Cavs' starting 5

Derrick Rose Pushes Back Against Accusations That He Didn't Recruit Free Agents

Now, Smith must take a seat for the incoming Wade, and Thompson will be replaced at center by Kevin Love to make room at forward for the newly-acquired Jae Crowder.

Smith told Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com that he is "absolutely" frustrated that he not only lost his role to the 35-year-old, but he never had a say in the mater nor was given the opportunity to win the starting job with his play on the court.

While both Wade and Smith were fine with coming off the bench, it would be very unlikely to see Wade as a backup.

"I actually like playing on the second unit better, I'm more of a playmaker and distributor and I handle the ball a little bit more instead of just running to the corner", he explained. "Was pretty much bracing myself for it", Smith admitted.

"We talked about it", Smith said. Still, if Smith and Thompson can practice what they preach and put their egos aside for the betterment of the team, the 2017-18 Cavaliers could be a truly special team.

As of right now, Smith is taking one for the team and accepting his role off the bench.

Every starter for the Cavaliers this year averaged 13 points or more last year for their respective teams.

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - Part of the lore surrounding the Miami Heat landing LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade as free agents in the summer of 2010 was not only the great recruiting presentation that Pat Riley pulled off in South Beach but also the poor recruiting pitch that Derrick Rose executed on behalf of the Chicago Bulls.

But Smith doesn't want to be a distraction and has said he will do whatever is best for the Cavs to return to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight season.

Rose said he is unaware of whether James, Wade and Bosh ever saw the video.

A major determining factor for Lue was how Rose acquitted himself with the second unit when he played point guard with Cleveland's reserves in the Cavs' 106-102 preseason loss to the Indiana Pacers last week. If somebody smaller is guarding D Wade, we're going to play through D Wade.

Wait, what do you mean LeBron James isn't the head coach? "At the time it wasn't for me to say that". We all know how well that usually turns out for teams.

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