J.R. Smith was one of the key players that helped the Cleveland Cavaliers win their first ever NBA championship last June. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that the Cavaliers might not bring back Smith especially after signing Markel Brown to a contract.
According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, Cleveland has agreed to a deal with Brown, who played last season for the Brooklyn Nets. It is rumored that the 24-year-old shooting guard has a great chance of making the roster.
On the other hand, NBA rumors in Cleveland imply that the Cavs and Smith are not on the same page regarding his new contract. Brian Windhorst of ESPN mentioned Tim Bontemps’ podcast that no other team is interested in the sharpshooting, shirtless guard that is why the Cavs are not in a hurry to sign him despite training camp only a couple of weeks away.
“The Cavs want him back, he wants to go back to the Cavs. There’s nobody bidding for him and therefore, the Cavs don’t feel like they have to increase whatever offer they’ve made,” Windhorst said, via Fear the Sword of SB Nation.
Nevertheless, Windhorst thinks that both sides will eventually agree to a new deal before the start of the regular season. It should be noted that the Cavs were in the same situation last summer with big man Tristan Thompson.
“I feel like he will sign before the regular season – I’m not sure about training camp. His agents don’t have a problem holding people out,“ Windhorst added.
According to Hoops Rumors, Markel Brown still has a chance to make the roster even if J.R. Smith gets signed. However, these are just NBA rumors and purely speculative at the moment. The 2013 Sixth Man of the Year is reportedly looking for an annual salary of $15 million.
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