J.R. Smith recently won an NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season. However, this summer, he still does not have a contract with the team he last played for. Rumors are swirling around the NBA, that Smith became a free-agent when the 2016 season ended. Meanwhile, this one suggests the J.R. might be signing an extension with Cleveland.
According to Steve Kyle of BasketballInsiders.com, Smith has been offered $10M, multi-year extension by the Cavaliers weeks ago. But league sources for this report states that J.R. and his camp are looking for a slightly better contract than the one that Cavs initially offered.
The sources added that this deal might not be agreed until closer to camp. This is the time when the team is not expected to make a roster change.
At 30-years-old, Smith has been in the league for more than 10 years. He is a 12-year NBA veteran who earlier played with the New Orleans Pelicans, Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks.
J.R. had his best season when he suited up for the Knicks. He averaged 18.1 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, 2.7 assists per game, 1.3 steals per game and 0.3 blocks per game in 2013 for New York.
In the 2011 NBA lockout, Smith agreed to a deal with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He only played a season in CBA in which he had monster averages of 34.4 points per game, 7.1 rebounds per game, 4.1 assists per game and 2.5 steals per game.
Whether this NBA rumors about Smith’s contract happens or not, he is still likely to play with the Cavaliers next season.
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