J.R. Smith is enjoying his off season after becoming a NBA champion last month with Lebron James and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Since declining his 5.2 million dollar player option, the 30 year 0ld is currently weighing his options as an unrestricted free agent. A return to the Cavs is not as certain as it seemed earlier this summer, as Earl looks to cash in after another productive season. The ex-Knick spoke to ESPN’s “His and Hers” about his looming decision.
“I’ve thought about that situation (leaving Cleveland), and I’ve thought about it the other way, too, going back and winning again,” Smith said. “Both are juggled in the air and I’m kind of nervous about that choice when it gets presented to me.”
After opting out of a contract last summer and returning to the Cavs for less money, J.R. deserves to be compensated for his sacrifices. It’s amazing to see the money getting thrown around in free agency, but no buzz around Smith’s name. How is that possible, after being the third leading scorer for the Cavs in the finals.
Yikes… hearing JR Smith seeking huge deal to return to Cavs, in the $15m per year range. Can Cavs really pass on bringing him back?
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) July 17, 2016
The rumor going around, Smith is looking for 15 million dollars annually according to Steve Kyler. Teaming up with James has made Cleveland a great place for J.R.’s career, Smith averaged 12.3 points per game last season, shot 40% percent from downtown, while becoming the franchise leader for 3 pointers made in a season. He even stepped up his game on the defensive end, making a commitment to being a 2-way player.
Let’s hope the Cavs reward J.R. for his job well done as the starting shooting guard for this team.