The recent NBA rumors about J.R. Smith’s contract situation with the Cleveland Cavaliers claims that both sides are “not far apart” on the amount of the deal. However, other reports claim that the Cavs and the shooting guard cannot agree on the length of the deal.
There are only three teams with salary cap space that can afford to give Smith a huge yearly salary and a long-term deal. Two teams are in the Eastern Conference and can try to pry away Smith from LeBron James’ team and improve their own squads.
The Philadelphia 76ers ($21.3 million), Denver Nuggets ($19.2 million) and Brooklyn Nets ($77.9 million) are the remaining teams that can offer Smith what he is demanding.
According to NBA rumors, Smith and his camp are demanding a $15M per year contract from the Cavaliers. It’s likely that the Cavaliers can give Smith that salary but only on a one-year deal.
For the Nets and Sixers, this is their chance to weaken an Eastern rival in the Cavaliers and get a starting shooting guard to help them in the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
Brooklyn needs him Smith more because the Nets want to make the playoffs this season. With Jeremy Lin as the starting point guard, getting Smith this summer will improve the team and they’ll have a more complete line-up along with star center Brook Lopez.
The Nets don’t have their first round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft as they will send that pick to the Boston Celtics. They are projected to be one of the worst teams in the league in the upcoming season but getting Smith will give them a chance to perform better.
The Sixers also needs shooting and Smith’s experience can help the young group that features Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor. Philadelphia is also in NBA rumors of trading one of their big men for a point guard. If they can Smith and get a point guard in the trade market, they will achieve the balanced roster they want this summer.
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