J.R. Smith endorses Trae Young, who isn’t Collin Sexton and doesn’t play for Cavaliers, for Rookie of the Year

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Cavaliers veterans reportedly aren’t impressed with rookie teammate Collin Sexton‘s grasp of NBA basketball.

Cleveland offered J.R. Smith a chance to leave the team, clearly holding some concern about his influence while out of the rotation.

Combine those stories, and…

Smith:

The Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and Suns’ Deandre Ayton are frontrunners for Rookie of the Year. Young also has a chance.

But Sexton – though much further behind – is still plausibly in the race.

Was Smith just giving his honest opinion on the race? I’m fine with that, though I also don’t share a locker room with him.

Was Smith trying to motivate Sexton? This could be a well-intentioned – and maybe eventually effective – tweet as it pertains to Sexton.

Or was Smith just unthoughtful or, even worse, malicious about how this would affect his teammate? There’s obviously a difference in each of those scenarios, and a whole spectrum between them. But it’d all fit under a not-ideal label.

This isn’t anything worth fretting about unless the Sexton or Cavs management views this tweet as part of a larger pattern. Which maybe.