Cavs coach Tyronn Lue moved Kyle Korver into the starting lineup at shooting guard over J.R. Smith for Tuesday night’s game against the Suns and there are indications the move of Smith to the second unit might be permanent.

Traded to Cleveland on Jan. 7, 2017, Korver will make just his second start as a Cavalier, the only other came March 4, 2017 at Miami. Korver turns 37 on Saturday.

Rodney Hood will be out with a lower back strain against the Suns and will be replaced by Jeff Green. Lue said when Hood returns he will go back into the starting lineup. That means Green will remain as a starting forward until Kevin Love returns from a broke bone in his left hand.

This is the second demotion for Smith this season. Smith, 32, was benched for the first three games for Dwyane Wade until the since-traded Wade volunteered to run the second unit. Smith has started 218 out of 228 games in four seasons with the Cavs. When pressed on sticking with Smith recently, Lue said he felt the Cavs wouldn't have won the 2016 championship without Smith's third-quarter scoring in Game 7 of the Finals against Golden State.

But Smith’s 8.3 average is the second-lowest of his career. He’s also averaging 7.7 points since the All-Star Game, 8.6 in March and 7.5 per game in losses.