Despite helping the Cleveland Cavaliers win their first-ever NBA championship, J.R. Smith still remains a free agent. However, the latest NBA rumors imply that Smith might be willing to accept the two-year deal offer from the Cavaliers.
According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, the 31-year-old shooting guard wants a long-term deal with an annual salary of $15 million. However, the Cavs front office is not willing to give the deal he wants but the offer is reportedly a two-year deal with an annual salary of $13 million.
“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,” Smith told Vardon.
Quenton Albertie of FanSided thinks that J.R. Smith has no choice but to sign the offer from the Cavaliers. He added that Cleveland does not have to give in to his demands to preserve their ability to build a strong team.
“J.R. Smith may have to accept what the Cleveland Cavaliers are offering him now if he wants to come back to the team. If the team wants to maintain its team-building integrity, Smith can’t be given the contract that he wants,” Albertie opined.
It is also mentioned that if the Cavs give in to Smith’s demands, it will affect their salary cap for the long term. The NBA salary cap is expected to decrease for the 2018-19 season and that third year is the possible deal breaker from both sides.
Nevertheless, these are just NBA rumors at the moment and nothing has been mad official. However, J.R. Smith is absent at the Cavaliers’ mini training camp in California, per ESPN. If Cleveland fails to sign Smith, they would have a big cap at the shooting guard position entering the 2016-17 NBA season.
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