The holdout between J.R. Smith and the Cleveland Cavaliers will likely continue heading into training camp. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that Smith and the Cavs are close to agreeing to a contract with head coach Tyronn Lue calling him the team’s “heart and soul.”
It has been a crazy summer for J.R. Smith, who helped the Cavaliers win their first championship in franchise history. He has gone shirtless for months but has not received an offer he likes from the team with just days before training camp.
The Cavaliers guard recently visited Cleveland to watch an Indians game. He even posted an image of him in the game with #meeting on the caption. You can view the photo below.
With J.R. Smith back in town and the caption of a meeting on his recent post, this might mean that the Cavs and Smith’s reps are talking. Of course, the money will always be a problem but the Cavs are the only team willing to sign Smith to a big contract and they are surely making progress.
In a recent interview with Cleveland.com, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue admitted that the team is already missing J.R. Smith. He is also hoping that the two sides will come to an agreement as soon as possible as they start the defense of their championship.
“J.R., he’s the heart and soul of the team. Usually, when it’s anything involving the team, J.R. would be there and would be right in the middle of it. You’d hear him laughing or if it’s work, he’d be out there giving it his all. It’s hard,” Lue said.
It should be noted that these are just NBA rumors at the moment but the recent comments by Smith and Lue mean the Cavs are close to getting an agreement. However, there are teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets that could easily pry away the 30-year-old shooter from the Cavs.
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