Carmelo Anthony is calling out the Cleveland Cavaliers for delaying the contract to be given to former teammate JR Smith. The veteran shooting guard remains a free agent this offseason and many NBA rumors claim that the delay in the contract could lead Smith to leave LeBron James’ team.
Anthony said, via the New York Post, that he hopes to see Smith on opening night when the Knicks battle the Cavaliers. “Melo” also added that he thinks Smith is a crucial piece in Cleveland and that they should give him the contract he wants immediately.
“I don’t know what’s going on over there with that. I hope they don’t prolong the situation. He helped them win that championship. He was a major part of that team, and I hope they can get something done. If not, we’ll see him somewhere else,” Anthony said in the article.
The statement of Melo suggests that Smith could leave Cleveland if the Cavs continue to lowball him in the contract negotiations. NBA rumors claim that Smith wants a $15 million per season deal, on a long-term contract, probably for three or four years.
Smith has been mentioned in trade speculations linking him to other teams that still have the salary cap, which can give him the deal he wants. Teams like the Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets and Brooklyn Nets are in play for Smith, according to NBA rumors.
Could the Knicks land JR Smith? It’s not very probable this season because the Knicks are maxed out and has nothing much to offer Smith, who wants his first big contract in the NBA. The Cavs can involve the Knicks in a sign-and-trade but the Knicks have nothing to offer except future draft picks.
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