The Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly attempted to steal shooting guard J.R. Smith from the Cleveland Cavaliers but failed to acquire their target player for the second time. At some point, the Sixers’ move help Smith get a done deal.
The contract negotiation between the Cavaliers and J.R. Smith took three months before finally reaching an agreement. The mercurial shooting guard returned in Cleveland after inking a four-year deal worth $57 million. There are speculations that another team has shown a strong interest to acquire Smith which forced the Cavs to immediately make their move.
ESPN sources say a hard push from Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo for J.R. Smith helped sparked Friday's talks with the Cavs to get a deal done
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 15, 2016
The Philadephia 76ers are one of the NBA teams with a young roster. They have added a bunch of talents this offseason with the arrival of Dario Saric, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons. The Sixers currently have crowded frontcourt but lack talented players on their backcourt, especially at the shooting guard position.
In the recent free agency, the Sixers have reportedly offered the 39-year-old shooting guard Manu Ginobili a one-year deal worth $14 million. Being a restricted free agent, the San Antonio Spurs only need to match their offer in order to bring Ginobili back. However, this limits the Spurs from signing big man Boban Marjanovic, who joined the Detroit Pistons.
Early in free agency, the Cavaliers offered J.R. Smith a $10 million annual salary in which the veteran shooting guard declined. Reports revealed that Smith is demanding a higher salary amounting to $15 million annually. The Cavaliers have been reluctant to give his demand since they are already on the luxury tax.
However, with another team expressing their interest in acquiring J.R. Smith, the Cavaliers have no choice but to get a done deal. Smith was one of the key players behind the Cavaliers’ recent achievement. He has managed to improve his three-point accuracy to 40 percent, which explains why the Sixers want him on their roster.
After re-signing J.R. Smith, the Cavaliers are now ready to defend their throne in the 2016-17 NBA season.
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