J.R. Smith teases new teammate Isaiah Thomas on the eve of new NBA season


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The NBA had arguably its busiest off-season in history, but one transaction stood out. The blockbuster trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics didn’t just involve two of the league’s best point guards — Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas — swapping cities, but it also involved the two best teams in the NBA’s LeastEastern Conference. But on the eve of a new season, Thomas took a jab from one of his new teammates, the mercurial J.R. Smith.

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Actually, Thomas won’t be passing the ball to Smith or anyone on Tuesday night as the Cavs take on the Celtics in what is likely a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals. The diminutive guard is still nursing a torn labrum in his hip and isn’t expected to play for a few months. That didn’t keep him from replying to his teammate on Twitter:

Obviously, it seems like these two players are already getting along just fine. But J.R. might not want to push it. At some point, IT will come back — and he’ll play a big role in how many touches Smith gets.

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