Dwyane Wade will move to the bench and J.R. Smith back into the starting lineup at shooting guard, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue told reporters Monday after practice.
Wade came to Lue, according to the coach, and both parties decided this was the best move for the Cavs moving forward. This is expected to be the long-term solution.
“Why wait?” Wade said to reporters.
Wade has struggled mightily in the previous two games, and is averaging a career-low 5.7 points per game. He admitted he has struggled with his role.
“I’m trying to find it, man,” Wade told reporters Saturday. “It’s very different, different than I’ve ever played. Just trying to find my way, as we go on, see how I can be best for this team. Everything’s happened so fast. This has been a long, a long week.”
Cavaliers star LeBron James said the team needs to figure out a solution involving Wade.
“We’ve got to get him going at some point,” James said. “That’s something we’re going to look at and we’re all trying to figure it out as well. But we’ve got to get him going.”
Meanwhile, Lue said point guard Derrick Rose is expected to miss several more days with a sprained ankle, suffered in the second game of the season at Milwaukee.
Jose Calderon will start in place of Rose for Tuesday’s home game vs. Chicago, Lue said. Wade could potentially serve as the first point guard off the bench.
— Spencer Davies (@SpinDavies) October 23, 2017