INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- It only took until the close of the Cleveland Cavaliers first week of training camp before LeBron James stuck his neck out into the stalled J.R. Smith negotiations and publicly stumped for the holdout guard.I hate coming into another season -- two years in a row -- with one of my big guns not here, James said, alluding to Tristan Thompson, who missed most of training camp last fall with a similar holdout situation. So, for a leader of a team and for me personally, I just hate to deal with this s--- again.Its just too big of a piece to our team to have to deal with in another training camp. Like I said, hopefully things get resolved fast, because you know how big and important he is to our team.James comments came unprompted. In fact, a team public relations staffer told James he was free from media obligations for the day but James chose to meet with reporters anyway.Smith did not pick up his $5.3 million player option for the 2016-17 season in July, becoming an unrestricted free agent after averaging 12.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals and hitting 204 3-pointers in 77 starts for Cleveland.Like Thompson and James, Smith is represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports.Multiple sources told ESPN that the Cavs have offered a three-year escalating contract to Smith with a partial guarantee in the fourth year, bringing the total guaranteed money north of $42 million -- the same amount Jamal Crawford got when he re-signed with the LA Clippers this offseason, except his deal only included $30.5 million guaranteed.A source familiar with the negotiations told ESPN on Friday about the Cavs offer: I dont see it changing anytime soon.Negotiations are always two-sides, James said, but J.R. did his part. J.R. did his part. He showed up every day. Worked his ass off every day. Became a two-way player, a model citizen in Cleveland and hes a fan favorite, obviously we all know that. All of the sudden now hes a season-ticket holder at the Indians games.The Cavs will start Iman Shumpert in Smiths absence, according to coach Tyronn Lue. Shumpert told reporters Friday he came into camp at 212 pounds, the lowest playing weight of his six-year career, and spent the offseason honing his offense.Smith represents the fourth Cavs player in the past 10 years -- Anderson Varejao, Sasha Pavlovic and Thompson are the others -- to have contract negotiations bleed into training camp.Outside of the Cavs, Smiths options are limited. The only teams with significant cap space remaining -- the 76ers, Nuggets, Nets, Suns and Jazz -- are either in rebuilding mode or already stocked at his position.Lue wouldnt entertain the thought of negotiations falling apart and Smith going elsewhere, but -- when pressed -- said the team could withstand his departure if it came to that.Were saying that he is going to come back, Lue said. If he doesnt come back, we understand its a business and we just have to move forward. No excuses. Next man up. Next man has to be ready. We have some great pieces around who can also step in and play a role for us on this team.James echoed that sentiment.Were missing a piece, but we still have enough talent, James sad. We cant become full until hes here, but that doesnt deter anybody or any of the guys thats coming in to show up every day. Were still working our tails off and everybody who is filling in has been working extremely hard through this camp so far and were going to continue to do that.Lue also said Smith is not significantly hurting his chance to contribute this season by missing training camp.When youve been in a system for two years, you dont fall behind, Lue said. The biggest thing is probably being in shape. He knows our offense, he knows our defense. Were not changing anything. I dont think from that standpoint hell be behind at all.While the prevailing sentiment is that the sides will come together eventually, James warned that one can never consider anything a done deal before its actually done.Well, I always use this reference: Its like youre buying a house, James said. You can go find a house, you do all the negotiations and all that, but you never got the house until its closed and you got the keys. Last minute, someone can step in. Escrow could fall through or something. Then it aint your house no more.So, J.R. is a free agent. Hes not ours. Hes still my brother right now. And I feel like when I play 2K17, hes still on the Cavs, so hes on my roster there, but it wouldnt be good if he was not here. It wouldnt be good for any side.We just miss him. We miss having him around. Hes a big piece of our team and they just need to get it done. Nike Roshe One Norge . Pedro scored from a pass by Lionel Messi in the 33rd minute and added two more goals in the 47th and 72nd after Valdes saved his second penalty in four days following his stop in Wednesdays 4-0 over Ajax in the Champions League. Air Force 1 Svart Norge . Reigning world champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland opened with a 12-2 rout of Winnipegs Jennifer Jones in a battle of teams bound for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. http://www.airforce1norge.com/nike-tanjun-norge.html . How great will be revealed in the next couple of days at the board of governors meeting in Pebble Beach, Calif. 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I dont believe it.What he could believe was the four turnovers he had in the first quarter, part of the six the team committed as it fell behind by 12 points at one point.DeRozan admitted he was passing too much at that point, something that he quickly adjusted in helping his team rally back from a double-digit deficit for the second straight game.A couple shots I passed up, he said. . (Coach Dwane Casey) just said to me to go out and shoot it.Torontos win was helped greatly by the play of its reserves, which combined for a season-high 36 points as the Raptors beat the Heat for the fourth straight time in the regular season.This was the first meeting between the teams since Toronto beat Miami in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season.Terrence Ross had 20 points off the bench, and his play epitomized Torontos comeback.We always go 15 deep and we really have a full team, said Kyle Lowry, who had 13 points. One day its one guys time and the next day it might be another guys.The Heat looked to be back in the game after reducing a 16-point deficit to just three over the last 4 minutes of the third quarter. But Toronto opened the final quarter with a 7-0 run and Miami never got closer than five points the rest of the way.That third quarter was good for us but in the fourth we were not focused enough, we made too many mistakes offensively and defensively and they took advantage of that, said Goren Dragic, who had 17 points. Center Hassan Whiteside led the Heat with 21 points and 16 rebounds.The Raptors held the Heat to 38.6 percent shooting from the field in the game, the fourth game out of five that Toronto has held its opponent below 42 percent.Miami was unable to say the same, particularly about DeRozan, who went 14 of 26 from the field.We tried to give him different loooks, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.dddddddddddd. We really wanted to try and take it out of his hands a couple of times but we werent able to do it. Hes a heck of a player.TIP-INSHeat: G Wayne Ellington (quadriceps) missed his fifth straight game to open the season. ... Whiteside recorded his fifth straight double-double, a franchise record streak to open the season. Rony Seikaly had four straight to open the season in 1990-91 and 1991-92. ... Whiteside registered a block for the 34th straight game, extending his career-long streak and putting him just one behind Alonzo Mourning for the third-longest streak in team history, set in 2006-07.Raptors: DeRozan broke a tie with former teammate Jose Calderon for the second-most games played in franchise history, playing his 525th game in a Raptors uniform. ... Raptors 905, Torontos NBA Development League affiliate, announced three additions to head coach Jerry Stackhouses staff on Friday night. Former Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall will serve as an assistant coach; Nicki Gross, the only female coach in the D-League, was appointed player development coach; and John Corbacio was promoted to video-coordinator/player development coach.FINDING MOTIVATIONWhile DeRozan was discussing his latest 30-point game with reporters, center Jonas Valanciunas chimed in. Still 46th, man, he said jokingly in reference to Sports Illustrated ranking DeRozan as the 46th best player in the NBA in its preseason issue. But No. 1 in our hearts.THE CENTURIONFormer Raptor James Johnson made the most of his return to the city he has called home twice in his NBA career by registering his 100th career 3-point field goal with 1:58 to play in the third quarter. He finished with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting and two assists, the first of which was the 600th of his career.BACK IN BUSINESSAfter partially tearing the MCL in his right knee eight weeks ago, Heat guard Josh Richardson made his season debut with 3:50 remaining in the first quarter. He had no points on 0-for-4 shooting in 11:36 minutes.UP NEXTHeat: Continue their two-game swing in Oklahoma City, where Miami has lost two straight.Raptors: Host Sacramento as the Kings wrap up a five-game trip in Toronto, where they have an all-time record of 8-12. ' ' '