J.R. Smith Comments on Playing for Potential Superteam Featuring LeBron James

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2016

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23), left, confers with Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith (5) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, in Denver. Cleveland won 93-87. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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If LeBron James' dream of teaming up with Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul ever comes to fruition, Cleveland Cavaliers swingman J.R. Smith wants to be a part of the action.

After James told Bleacher Report's Howard Beck that he "would actually take a pay cut" to play alongside his superstar trio of friends for "at least one, maybe one or two seasons," Smith campaigned for a role on the fictional team before Cleveland's game against the Brooklyn Nets Thursday night. 

"That would be dope. That'd be sick," Smith told the New York Daily News' Peter Botte. "I'd like to see it. I just hope they save me a spot and I'm on the team."

Smithwho plays alongside James in Cleveland and previously shared the floor with Anthony in New Yorkis familiar with half of the proposed fantasy lineup.

But perhaps more relevant in the short term is news that the 30-year-old will dump his current representation at Creative Artists Agency in favor of Rich Paul—who already represents James and Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson at Klutch Sports Groupaccording to Cleveland.com's Chris Haynes

That move could prove to be key, since Smith has the option to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer. According to Spotrac, Smith owns a $5 million player option for the 2016-17 campaign. 

Declining those guaranteed dollars and testing free agency could prove to be a smart move. A 12-year veteran, Smith could have a chance to secure one final lucrative long-term contract as the league's salary cap gets set to explode to somewhere in the range of $92 million, a number reported by ESPN.com's Zach Lowe.

And if Smith wants to endear himself to James and secure prime position for a raise, he can elevate his game when the postseason rolls around as the Cavaliers seek to avenge last season's Finals loss and secure a third ring for James.