J.R. Smith back to Cleveland Cavaliers is still not a done deal. NBA rumors lately state that the Philadelphia 76ers will swoop in and steal the veteran shooting guard.
For Philadelphia, getting Smith would be considered a good move since they lack wingmen and outside shooting. The line-up has good potential in the front court but they want to start quality players from both the point guard and shooting guard positions to be competitive in the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
The Cavaliers and Smith are reportedly talking about a deal but no deal has been finalized yet as of Sunday. There are NBA rumors that Smith is demanding $15 million per season and that he wants a long-term contract with LeBron James’ team.
However, one Sixers beat writer has claimed that there is no truth to the speculations that Philadelphia is considering the veteran SG, despite their obvious need at the position.
The Sixers are one of the few teams that can offer Smith a big contract. There are also rumors that the Cavaliers are “lowballing” Smith in their contract negotiations so there are possibilities that Smith might sign with another NBA team to get his first big payday in the NBA.
If the contract negotiations between Smith and the Cavs continue to fail, there is a slight possibility that the veteran chooses another team although it can be other teams like the Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets and Denver Nuggets, who may be able to offer Smith a long-term deal.
There are already reports that Smith had skipped the Cavs’ minicamp in Los Angeles last week. The NBA rumors will continue to hound the shooting guard until he re-signs with Cleveland.
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