The Cleveland Cavaliers have their issues heading into the new season despite being the defending champions.
Like every single team in the league, the organisation are putting the finishing touches on their 15-man roster, but there are two glaring issues.
One is their defence, a problem that GiveMeSport writer Mark Deeks picked apart last weekend, the other is the absence of shooting guard J.R Smith.
After opting out of the player option in his previous deal, Smith has found negotiations with the Cavaliers tough due to a lack of interest from around the league.
Despite the two parties still appearing far away from a solution, head coach Tyronn Lue has claimed the former New York Knicks man is the heart and soul of their team.
Cleveland are unwilling to pay his asking price and the 31-year-old has little leverage with no franchise showing particular interest in signing him.
"The biggest thing is we miss J.R. I mean, you can feel it.
"J.R., he's the heart and soul of team. Usually, when it's anything involving the team, J.R. would be there and would be right in the middle of it. You'd hear him laughing or if it's work, he'd be out there giving it his all. It's hard."