Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Boston Celtics who are reportedly interested in signing Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith, who is currently a free agent.
The Boston Celtics are currently undergoing a rebuilding process and this includes a huge adjustment in their roster. In the recent NBA free agency, the Celtics succeeded to acquire Al Horford but failed to get their main target, Kevin Durant.
The 2016 NBA playoffs showed what the Boston Celtics needs to improve this offseason. In their first-round loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the team only shot 38 percent from the floor and 28 percent from the three-point range. This obviously showed that the Celtics should add a player with a high shooting percentage.
The Boston Celtics are near to complete their roster this offseason. However, coach Brad Stevens admitted that they still need to improve their current roster.
“Shooting is always going to be a priority,” Stevens said.
Almost all of the quality free agents were taken by other NBA teams. Luckily, the type of player that the Celtics need on their roster is currently available – Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith.
There are no specific details on why the Cleveland Cavaliers is not yet signing J.R. Smith. There were reports saying that Smith demands a $15 million annual salary but the Cavaliers want to get him at a cheaper price.
Timofey Mozgov and Matthew Dellavedova decided to leave the Cavaliers after receiving the higher offer from other teams. J.R. Smith was one of the major contributors for the Cavaliers in the recent NBA Finals so he deserves a salary increase.
“J.R. Smith remains a free agent and don’t be surprised if teams begin trying to create salary-cap space to make room for the Cavaliers sharpshooter.” Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe said.
The Boston Celtics are rumored to be interested in signing the Cavaliers shooting the guard. However, they needed to shed some assets or risk going to luxury tax territory. According to Kevin Felton of ESPN, the Boston Celtics could renounce the rights to Tyler Zeller. With this, they could offer J.R. Smith a one-year deal worth nearly $12 million.
If the Celtics make an offer, the Cleveland Cavaliers will surely start making their move. Though Smith is expected to re-sign with the Cavaliers, there is still a possibility that he will follow his teammates’ footsteps and leave the team for a higher salary.
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