JR Smith was a key guy in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ championship run last season but is still without a contract with LeBron James’ team. The shooting guard said in a recent interview that both sides are still not where they want to be with regards to the amount of the contract but said that both sides respect each other in their contract negotiations.
There are NBA rumors that Smith could possibly leave the Cavaliers if other teams that still have salary cap space offer him a huge, long-term contract.
Smith was interviewed by Adam Caparell of Complex Sports and tackled a variety of subjects including the emotions he felt when the Cavaliers won the NBA title and the on-going contract negotiations with the team.
“Well, obviously we’re not where we want to be at from a personal standpoint. But it’s more than just numbers. I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of the Cavs for everything they’ve done for me, and I don’t want them to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. It’s more of a mutual respect thing,” JR Smith said in the interview.
According to NBA rumors, Smith’s camp is demanding a contract valued at $15 million per season but it’s not clear how many years he wants to sign in his next contract with the Cavaliers.
With other Cavaliers leaving and getting big contracts from their new teams, Smith can easily get that contract in Cleveland. Timofey Mozgov got a $64 million deal over four years with the Los Angeles Lakers and Matthew Dellavedova got a $38.5 million deal over four years with the Milwaukee Bucks this 2016 offseason.
Only a few teams have salary cap space to offer Smith a huge long-term contract. But they are also teams that can use Smith at the shooting guard position. The Brooklyn Nets want to improve their backcourt with Jeremy Lin at point guard, the Minnesota Timberwolves want to add a veteran presence with their young group and the Philadelphia 76ers are also desperate to add a wingman.
Are the Cavaliers low-balling JR Smith in their contract negotiations? Should the veteran shooting guard choose to sign with another team and leave LeBron and the Cavs?
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