NBA Rumors: LeBron James forcing Cavs to pay J.R. Smith $15 million per year

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LeBron James has agreed to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers to a three-year deal worth $100 million. In line with this, ‘The King’ is also pushing the team to bring back J.R. Smith next. Will the Cavs give Smith $15 million annually?

In mid-July, there were reports saying that Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith was demanding a $15 million annual salary from the team. Unfortunately, it seemed like the Cavs did not agree with the idea of giving him such offer. Some people believe that Smith deserves to have a higher salary since he was one of the main contributors to their recent success.

In the recent NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers succeeded in defeating the Golden State Warriors to earn their first NBA championship title. J.R. Smith showed his capability of being a starter and knocked down multiple crucial three-pointers for the Cavaliers.

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If the Cavaliers give what he demands, J.R. Smith will be having almost the same salary with center Tristan Thompson, who will be earning $15.3 million next season. Steve Kyler of Basketball Insider reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers have offered Smith a multi-year deal worth $10 million annually.

However, no such deal has happened until now. Is J.R. Smith pissed off with the Cavaliers non-offer? Will he choose to join other teams like Timofey Mozgov and Matthew Dellavedova?

After signing the deal, LeBron James said that he wants to reunite with all his teammates as much as possible. ‘The King’ also asked the Cavaliers to re-sign J.R. Smith next.

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“I just can’t wait to get the group back together — the team, the franchise, more importantly, get everybody together, the fans. Without you guys, without your passion and commitment, we wouldn’t have been able to do what we did this past season. I’m ecstatic. I can’t wait to see my guys. I can’t wait to get back out there in the wine and gold and just get the band back together. Lastly, let’s get J.R. [Smith] done. It’s that time.” James said.

Should the Cavaliers give what Smith demands, they will be hit again by the luxury tax. According to Dan Feldman of Pro Basketball Talk, the Cavaliers will be paying around $43.75 million on total money spent for the 2016-17 season on Smith’s contract alone, once he gets $15 million.

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