NBA Rumors: J.R. Smith leaving the Cavaliers if offered higher salary; Heat targets Cavs’ ‘Mercurial Sharpshooter’ as Wade’s replacement

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After losing Dwyane Wade to Chicago Bulls, the Miami Heat are reportedly targeting the 30-year-old shooting guard J.R. Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who is still a free agent.

The Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade’s 13-year relationship comes to an end after the 34-year-old NBA superstar decided to play for his hometown. Wade agreed to sign a two-year deal worth $47.5 million with the Chicago Bulls. Many were surprised with his decision but could not blame him for doing such thing.

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Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical previously reported that the Miami Heat initially offered $10 million per season, which deeply angered Dwyane Wade. The 12-time All-Star sacrificed his salary in the past for the Heat to build a title contender team. However, this time, the Heat decided to prioritize center Hassan Whiteside over Dwyane Wade, who gave them three championship title.

Now that Wade left, the Miami Heat are currently looking for his replacement. Malcolm Haynes of All U Can Heat suggested that the Heat should pursue free agent J.R. Smith. The 30-year-old shooting guard was one of the main piece the Cleveland Cavalier’s recent success.

“Just a scorer,” Tyronn Lue told when asked Wednesday how he viewed Smith as an opposing coach. “A guy who could get hot at any time and then put points on the board. Could go for 20-25 points in a quarter. That’s the reputation guys get — Ben Gordon, Jamal Crawford — guys that can score the basketball.”

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There are still no confirmation if the Cleveland Cavaliers will be re-signing him or not. However, if a team will offer him a higher salary, he might leave like what Timofey Mozgov and Matthew Dellavedova did. Since the Heat failed to re-sign Wade, they have enough salary cap to give J.R. Smith a decent offer.

However, if he re-signs, the Miami Heat could still look for free-agent shooting guards currently available in the market.

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