INDEPENDENCE: The alpha dog count on the Cavaliers’ roster has now reached five.

Wednesday’s signing of Dwyane Wade gave the Cavs five players who at one time were not only their teams’ leading scorers, but also the faces of their franchises.

With LeBron James, Wade, Derrick Rose, Kevin Love and Isaiah Thomas, there would seem to be too many egos to fill one locker room, too many stars and not enough minutes. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue is not only charged with integrating their skills and devising the most effective rotations to try to unseat the defending champion Golden State Warriors, but also keeping everyone happy.

Even with the Warriors’ success in that regard, it sounds like a daunting task.

But Cavs guard J.R. Smith said Thursday that shouldn’t be an issue this season if his teammates have their priorities in order.

“We all know who the big dog is, so everybody else has got to get in where they fit in, honestly,” Smith said after practice at the Cleveland Clinic Courts. “If you’re going to come in here with an ego, you shouldn’t have signed here. This is the wrong place to come. You’re coming in with an ego, you’ve got a team that is really trying to win championships, this is the wrong place to be. If they’ve got an ego, they need to send their papers in now.”

Smith could be most impacted by the arrival of Wade, possibly losing the starting spot he’s held since his second game as a Cavalier in January 2015. But Smith said Monday a reduction in minutes will prolong his career. And he insisted Thursday it’s not about minutes, anyway.

“If you’re not trying to win and you’re worried about your personal stats and all of that, like I said it’s the wrong place to be,” Smith said. “And I ain’t got no problem telling you that.”

With the Wine and Gold Scrimmage on Monday and the preseason opener on Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks, Lue wasn’t ready to reveal his starting lineup.

“We have a plan in place and we’ll see how it looks and then we’ll go from there,” Lue said.

Asked how he will keep his players happy this season, he said, “Winning.”

It may have meant little, but Wade’s first practice with the Cavs on Wednesday evening included a makeshift scrimmage. Lue said Wade was the point guard on the second team that also included Kyle Korver, Jeff Green, Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson.

Love played center on the first team, which presumably also included James, Smith, Rose and Jae Crowder. Smith said his team lost, while James turned his left ankle at some point during the session.

“He was fantastic,” Lue said of Wade. “Had a great flow, great chemistry and just trying to figure things out and learn on the fly. But he’s a smart player and picked things up really quick.”

Smith said he hasn’t gotten a sense of who will start and had not talked to Lue or General Manager Koby Altman about it.

“As far as I know I’m still in the starting lineup. Don’t know who’s it going to be,” Smith said. “Obviously it’s the coach’s decision, however it works out. If anything it makes us stronger, whether if I come off the bench or if [Wade] comes off the bench, however it works. I don’t really focus on it. This is my 14th year, and I’ve had a lot of BS in my past, and I don’t plan to bring that onto the Cavs.”

Wade, Rose and Thomas may be with the Cavs only this season and Thomas said Monday he’s sticking with his goal of earning a max deal in free agency next summer despite being sidelined until perhaps Jan. 1 with a hip injury. With future contracts at stake, Lue knows there may be times this season when players are unhappy with their minutes.

“They might, but that’s my job to stay honest and to be honest with those guys. You can’t play 12 or 13 people, we understand that,” Lue said. “They have to be ready to step up because things happen throughout the course of the season and be ready to play when their name is called.”

Lue said he believes the team has great veterans like Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye who can help James remind the Cavs what’s required to win a championship.

“Those guys who have been a big part of what we’ve been doing the last couple years, they spread the right message,” Lue said. “You have to sacrifice if you want to win and they understand that. The group we have, they’ve been here before and they understand it’s all about winning.”

Marla Ridenour can be reached at mridenour@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Cavs blog at www.ohio.com/cavs. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MRidenourABJ.