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LeBron Is Furious At Cavs Front Office Over J.R. Smith Contract Situation

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Last season, the Cavs didn’t have the start they were hoping to. After coming up two games short in the previous year’s NBA Finals, they headed into training camp with a very incomplete roster. Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert were both hurt and limited in practice. Kevin Love was recovering from shoulder surgery and not ready to play yet. And contract negotiations with Tristan Thompson were so drawn out that he missed all of camp. They got off to a slow start due to a lack of chemistry, and it wasn’t until the end of the season that they really started clicking.

Unfortunately, the Cavs are facing one of the same problems again. While the team is healthy, J.R. Smith’s contract has yet to be resolved, leaving him absent from camp. Players are starting to get vocally fed up with the situation, and LeBron James is leading the charge.

“Negotiations are always two-sides but J.R. did his part,” James said. “He showed up every day. Worked his ass off every day. Became a two-way player, a model citizen in Cleveland and he’s a fan favorite, obviously we all know that. All of the sudden now he’s a season ticket holder at the Indians games.

“We just miss him. We miss having him around. He’s a big piece of our team and they just need to get it done.”

“I hate coming into another season – two years in a row – with one of my big guns not here,” James said. “So, for a leader of a team and for me personally, I just hate to deal with this sh*t again. It’s just too big of a piece to our team to have to deal with in another training camp.”

It’s rare to hear LeBron swear in an interview like that, especially when the people causing the situation are his bosses. So it shouldn’t be taken lightly; LeBron seems genuinely angry with the Cavs front office. If they can’t get this situation resolved, they’ll not only miss out on an amazing player like J.R., but they’ll also cause some serious hostility between them and the best player in the league.

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