It’s Midsummer and JR Smith Still Doesn’t Have a Home

The crop of blue-chip NBA free agents are all off the board, but the league’s most interesting player is still on the market. JR Smith is still available for teams to pick up, yet the NBA veteran and his 500,000+ twitter followers haven’t found a home.

Smith is the biggest name left on the free agent market. Smith opt-ed out of a contract that would have paid him $6.4 million for this upcoming season. The mindset for Smith was to be able to sign somewhere for more then what he would have received this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

While players like Enes Kanter and Brandon Knight are taking baths in money, Smith—the erratic long-range threat who helped the Cleveland Cavaliers get to the Finals but also helped them lose it—is still waiting.

Frank Isola of  the New York Daily News, believes that Smith could just return to Cleveland for a reduced price.

It seems as if Cleveland is the only team willing to give Smith a contract at this point. Cleveland is way over the cap, but Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report explains that it really wouldn’t hurt the Cavs to bring back Smith.

“That production, if sustainable, isn’t something the Cavs can replace on the market. They’re capped out beyond belief, which means the only way to get a player of Smith’s caliber is to keep the one they already have. Cleveland can exceed the cap to retain Smith because it has his Bird rights.

The tax hit will be immense. But at this point, what’s another few million dollars?”

It would be hard to not have the NBA’s new Ron Artest playing in China….Again.

-King Jut (@KingJut92)

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JR Smith Straight Ignoring Coach Blatt

During halftime of Game 6 of the NBA finals, Coach David Blatt of the Cleveland Cavilers wanted to motivated his team to give more effort in the second half. Smith looked as if he just wanted to get to the off-season quick, fast and in a hurry. Smith had a burst in the fourth to make the game interesting but it was too late as the Warriors were able to defeat the Cavs in 6 games.

The Things We Learn In Sports June 6th -June 13th

This week in sports stars history on the tracks of New York. American Pharoah was able to complete the Triple Crown this past Saturday and gave horse racing a shot in the arm. American Pharoah was the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and the Belmont, since Affirmed in 1978. With history as the main player, these are the things we learn in sports.

7. Dez wants to get paid.

Dez Bryant for the Dallas Cowboys is considering skipping the start of the season if he doesn’t receive a contract extension. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen   reports that Byrant, 26, is considering skipping game 1 against the New York Giants to prove his point. Bryant had the franchise tag placed on him during the off season. Bryant can receive a long term deal only until July 15. Micheal Silver of NFL.com can confirm that this isn’t a rumor.

Mortensen noted Bryant has not signed his franchise-tag deal that guarantees him $12.8 million. Bryant’s agent, Tom Condon, said, “Our goal is still to get something done on a long-term basis by the deadline.” Bryant is coming off a Pro Bowl season, and expectations are high for Dallas. Dallas can’t afford for Bryant to not be on the field at any point this season.

6. Kanye West doing Kanye West things at the NBA Finals.

Kanye West  try’s to takes some shine away from the NBA Finals as he pretends to be an NBA player and answer questions. O you mad Huh? It now you move Riley Curry.

5. Will the Real J.R. Smith please sit down

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JR Smith

Cleveland Cavilers guard  J.R. Smith is having a terrible NBA finals, or as he would put it, he played like Horse Sh*t. He missed 10 of his 12 shots, and became the first player in finals history to go 0-8 from three. His problems in the big moment are one of the reasons he was packaged with Iman Shumpert in the deal that sent both of them to Cleveland. Smith has always had the ability to get hot at the dribble of the ball, and if he want Cleveland to win a title, he will have to start heating up.

4. Hey Ladies, USA Women’s National team seek a World Title.

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The United States remained unbeaten at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup after playing out a scoreless draw against Sweden and former coach Pia Sundhage on Friday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The women’s team wants to bring back home the title for the first time since 1999. Even with the problems that surround goalie Hope Solo, the team is still poised to be the best in the world.

3. 27 up and 27 down, Pitcher Chris Heston throws no-hitter against the Mets

San Francisco Giants’ pitcher Chris Heston threw the first no-hitter of the season against the New York Mets. Bleacher Reports’ Jacob Shafer writers that after Heston’s masterful 11-strikeout performance against the New York Mets on June 9, he became the first Giants rookie to throw a no-no since Jeff Tesreau in 1912. Not a bad way to begin your career in the MLB.

2. Riley Curry getting this work even when she’s sleeping

There will be at least one more game played in Oracle Arena as the series between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers is tied at 2 games apiece. Riley Curry has really been the star of the playoffs since her arrival on the scene in the Western Conference Finals, but she has been a no show since the star of the NBA finals, until now. Steph Curry’s wife, Ayesha Curry decided to troll the Cavalier fans by posting this picture of Riley on instagram.

1. Run, Run, Run

American Pharoah has won the Triple Crown something that  hasn’t been accomplished since 1978. Racing has clearly taking a backseat to every single sport that is played in America, but a win like this might jump start the sport once again. David Hill of The New Yorker explains how racing use to be the main sport in this country.

“For more than twenty years after the Second World War, horse racing led all American sports in attendance figures. In 1973, the year that Secretariat won the Triple Crown after a twenty-five-year drought, attendance at North American race tracks topped seventy-six million. (By comparison, the combined attendance for American League and National League baseball that year was just over thirty million, a high-water mark for that sport.) Attendance at race tracks has since plummeted to a small fraction of those numbers. (Hill)”

But it seems that if a star can be born within the sport, then eyes will go to the screen. If that happens then Horse Racing has a heart beat once again.

King Jut (@KingJut92)

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J.R. Smith Suspended Two Games For Blow To Celtics’ Jae Crowder

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David Blatt can’t call on J.R. Smith until Game 3

J.R. Smith has officially been suspended 2 games by the NBA for his hit on the Boston Celtics’ Jae Crowder during yesterday’s Game 4 of the Celtics/Cavs series, after which the Celtics were eliminated from playoff contention

During the game–which was already contentious after the Cavs’ Kendrick Perkins, a member of the Celtics 2008 championship team, threw Crowder to the ground while setting an illegal screen–Smith and Crowder were battling for position prior to a rebound, which is when Smith swung his arm around struck Crowder in the face, sending Crowder straight to the ground. You can see footage of the incident above.

The Cavs have already moved on to the second round, where their likely opponent will be the Chicago Bulls, who will attempt to eliminate the Milwaukee Bucks in tonight’s Game 5, and the loss of J.R. Smith could prove to be problematic. J.R. Smith will not be eligible to play until the series switches to Chicago in Game 3.