NBA Rumors: JR Smith leaving LeBron James, Cavaliers; Veteran admits he has thought about it

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J.R. Smith is “nervous” about his chances of rejoining LeBron James next season. In a recent interview, the shooting guard admitted that he has thought about the possibility of leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers, which will fuel the NBA rumors that he’s signing a big contract with another team.

Smith added in the interview, via ESPN, that he lets his agent do the contract negotiations and is positive that they will get the best deal possible in 2016 free agency. Smith also noted that he had make sacrifices financially when he signed a two-year $10.37 million deal with the Cavaliers last year.

Near the end of the interview, Smith stated that he has thought about leaving and also about staying with the Cavs to try to defend the title. Smith admitted that he is “nervous” about his choices.

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There are offseason NBA rumors that other East teams, like the Brooklyn Nets or Philadelphia 76ers, are interested in Smith but there are no official reports of any contract offers from those teams.

Smith opted out of the second year of his deal worth $5.37M for the 2016-2017 season. There is no clear indication if Smith wants a long-term max deal but at 30 years old he is expected to demand a big contract from the Cavs.

Smith will be playing in his 13th season in the league and has earned over $44.3M in his NBA career so far.

Last year for the Cavaliers, he averaged 12.4 points and nearly 3 three-pointers per game in the regular season and was one of the key players for Cleveland in the 2016 NBA Playoffs.

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Meanwhile, LeBron has yet to announce when he will sign a new deal with the Cavaliers but he is expected to re-sign with the team soon. The Cavaliers already lost free agents Matthew Dellavedova and Timofey Mozgov earlier this offsason.

There are NBA rumors that LeBron is waiting to see what the Cavaliers’ moves are this offseason and that includes how they will deal with Smith’s free agency.

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