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LeBron James sends a message to J.R. Smith during Cavaliers' minicamp

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are gearing up for the new season with a one-week minicamp on the UCLA campus but they are missing one of their main men; J.R. Smith.

The 31-year-old is still locked in a contract dispute with the organisation after opting out of the player option in his previous deal during the summer.

Cleveland are unprepared to meet the demands of Smith, who has very little leverage to play with as very few teams around the league are showing interest in his services.

Smith played a big role in helping the Wine and Gold win their inaugural title last season but the two sides are still some way to agreeing to terms.

As his teammates crank up their preparations for the new campaign in Los Angeles, their leader LeBron James sent a message to Smith on Instagram.

Captioning a picture of the players inside the Bruins' gym, he said: "Work Hard Play Hard!! #TheLand #SwishWeRidingForYouBro #StriveForGreatness #RWTW"

The franchise and player are still expected to come to some sort of agreement before the season begins but it would be better for all involved if they could finalise plans before training camp really kicks into gear.

Smith has resurrected his career in the Land and head coach Tyronn Lue summed it up perfectly when he called the guard Cleveland's 'heart and soul'.

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NBA
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
JR Smith

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