J.R. Smith has not yet re-signed with Cleveland Cavaliers after opting out his contract to demand a higher salary. According to the latest NBA rumors, Smith will be signing to the Minnesota Timberwolves to a deal worth more than $15 million per season.
J.R. Smith was one of the major contributors when the Cleveland Cavaliers grabbed their first NBA championship title. Despite his age, the Cavaliers shooting guard continues to improve and became a starter last season.
When LeBron James re-signed with the Cavaliers, many people are expecting that J.R. Smith will be next. However, it seems like both parties are not yet reaching an agreement mainly because the Cavaliers cannot give what Smith demands.
“League sources said that Smith and his camp were not overly concerned about reaching a deal, with a belief that the Cavs have put a multi-year offer in the $10 million per year neighborhood on the table weeks ago. They added that Smith and his advisors have been looking for a slightly bigger offer and that waiting things out was simply about leverage and trying to get a slightly better deal.” Steve Kyler of Basketball Insider reported.
There were reports that J.R. Smith declines the Cavs’ offer and demanding $15 million per season.
No one can blame the mercurial shooter for demanding such amount since Iman Shumpert and Tristan Thompson got what they wanted last summer. If the Cavaliers are not willing to pay Smith, there is a possibility that he will leave like Matthew Dellavedova and Timofey Mozgov.
Several NBA teams have expressed their interest to acquire J.R. Smith, including the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves have successfully build a young, promising roster that has the ability to become a playoff contender next season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are still under the cap and giving Smith the salary he demands will not be a problem. Despite having a good roster, no one can deny the fact that the Timberwolves need a veteran presence on their team.
Smith will not only provide a veteran presence but can also help the Timberwolves in terms of shooting. Should the Cavaliers let J.R. Smith go, the Timberwolves should grab the chance of signing him on their team.
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