Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters Monday that Dwyane Wade will be the team’s starting two guard this season, moving J.R. Smith to his more natural role of sixth man.
The Cavs’ starting lineup will feature Derrick Rose, Wade, Jae Crowder, LeBron James and Kevin Love.
Tyronn Lue says he has named Dwyane Wade his starting shooting guard to start the season. J.R. Smith will come off the bench.
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Lue also said he will monitor Rose’s minutes with the starters because he wants the former MVP to run point guard with the second unit so that Cleveland’s offense still operates efficiently when James is resting.
The Cavs’ starting unit is expected to play 25-to-30 minutes in the final two preseason games. It will be James’ first minutes in the exhibition series as he’s been sidelined with a left ankle sprain.