The team didn't get into specifics as to what prompted the suspension, but coach Tyronn Lue said something happened with Smith after the team's shootaround that caused them to make the move.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been suspended one game by the team for detrimental conduct. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not disclosed details.
ESPN.com first reported the reason for his suspension. Smith is expected to return to practice on Friday and assume his role as Cleveland's starting shooting guard against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. The Cavaliers announced the suspension for "conduct detrimental" on Thursday. Smith often times takes more hard shots than need be, and without a player of LeBron's caliber on the second unit, he might be able to fit in perfectly. The former 5th overall pick (2007) has made 59 appearances with the Cavs during their 2017-18 campaign, averaging 10.6 points on 48.9 percent shooting from the field (30.8 percent from beyond the arc), 3.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists, via Basketball Reference.
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Smith, who looked to be reenergized by the presence of the four new additions in Cleveland, might be able to find a home in the second unit, a unit in which he might be given more freedom to play his style.
Rodney Hood started in Smith's place against the Sixers and scored 11 points. In 2014, he joined the coaching staff and started working with the National Basketball Association G League team, the Canton Charge.