Everything J.R. Smith has done in his NBA career has been his own, unique way. Now even announcing his return to Cleveland is in his own fashion.
Smith, an 11-year veteran, announced via his Instagram account that he will be returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs traded for Smith from the New York Knicks on Jan. 5, 2015 as part of a three-team deal that also shipped Iman Shumpert from New York to Cleveland.
In his NBA career, Smith has been an enigma of wild antics and wild shots, but at times can be one of the sharpest shooters in the league.
Last season between the Knicks and Cavs, Smith averaged 12.1 points, 2.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game while shooting 38.3 percent from 3-point range. For his career, Smith has averaged 13.2 points, 2.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game, and has made 37.2 percent of his 3-point shots.
Smith faced the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals last season. In the six-game series, he averaged 11.5 points, 1 assist and 4.3 rebounds per game.
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard/small forward won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year for his 2012-13 campaign with the Knicks.
Happy to say that I am returning to the Cavs! It’s been a long ride this summer but I can say for sure, well worth the wait. When I opted out of my contract, I wanted to understand the landscape of the NBA and where I fit best. The Cavaliers had things they needed to do in order to piece together a championship caliber roster. I ended up deciding that instead of potentially securing a larger deal elsewhere, I wanted to rejoin an incredible organization in pursuit of the ultimate goal, an NBA championship. Thank you to the Cavaliers for making this happen. Can’t wait to get started! #TheLand