J.R. Smith would be hard-pressed to find reasons not to play for the Cleveland, except for the monetary kind. He’s finally won his first NBA championship after 12 years in the league and what better feeling is out there than knowing he’s important to LeBron James & the best team in the world?
The Cavaliers need J.R. Smith in the team to defend their title, especially with the rival Golden State Warriors transitioning into a super-team with Kevin Durant. They needed him to follow through with his chemistry with LeBron James last season by spreading the defense as a solid 3-point threat.
The presence of J.R. Smith in the team means LeBron James would have more leeway offensively with defenders unable to give so much space for Smith to shoot behind the arc where he’s shot 40% last season.
Smith has averaged 12.4 points & 2.8 rebounds per game, but more importantly, he was able to develop his defensive skills, and there’s no doubt that the defense played a key role on how the Cavaliers beat Stephen Curry and the Warriors.
But how is it that it’s taken much time for the Cleveland Cavaliers management to re-sign Smith?
The Cavs has offered Smith a $10 million contract, but according to Hoops Habit, he wants something closer to $15 million.
Despite the absence of a signed agreement, it is said that Smith only intends to play with the Cavs but is holding out momentarily for leverage. Is he worth all that money? Should the Cavs start Iman Shumpert instead?
According to a report by Morning News USA, one possibility that J.R. Smith has delayed signing his contract is because he feels he deserves to get paid more, similar to Jeremy Lin.
Jeremy Lin finalized his contract with the Hornets for $38.3 million in 3 years and he wasn’t even a starter. Jeremy Lin’s struggles in the NBA are well documented since he left the New York Knicks.
Does Smith deserve to get paid more than Jeremy Lin?
Other players’ contracts that J.R. Smith seems to want to emulate are Timofey Mozgov (4 yrs) worth $64 million deal with the Lakers & Matthew Dellavedova’s $38.43 million 4-year contracts with the Milwaukee Bucks.
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