Now that the Cleveland Cavaliers has re-signed LeBron James, who is considered as the main piece for their title retention campaign, they are now looking on sealing the deal with J.R. Smith.
But before Smith would get back with the Cavs on the negotiating tables, the 30-year-old shooting guard is celebrating another ring as he marries longtime girlfriend Jewel Harris at his hometown in New Jersey. Aside from the wedding, Smith is also busy in opening his own sneaker store.
Smith became a free agent and wants a $15 million a year for him to come back with the Cavs and joins James in their title retention campaign. It is noted that the Cavs are doing everything to secure Smith and according to Steve Kyler of BasketballInsider.com reported that the Cavs are set to offer a very lucrative offer that Smith could not refuse. Kyler added that after securing James, their focus now shifts to re-sign Smith at all cost.
“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,” Kyler wrote.
The Cavs and James managed to agree on a three-year contract worth $100 million. And though no details if the deal includes either a player or team option, it is clear that James wants another title run with the Cavs and hopes Smith is included as well. James and Smith have the same agent dealing with the Cavs.
The Cavs are looking to bring back Smith, happy and satisfied. The wait might have been long but with the way things are going it is worth the wait. Many do not see Smith playing for other teams and that is why the Cavs are looking good as the front liners to sign him.
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