J.R. Smith: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on Cavaliers SG’s Future

June 15th, 2016 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

With the NBA salary cap rising this offseason, Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith will likely be among the many players looking to cash in on free agency with a lucrative long-term deal.

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Smith Unlikely to Exercise Player Option Wednesday, June 15 Cleveland.com's Chris Haynes reported Wednesday that Smith, who has a player option for 2016-17, plans on becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Smith has little reason to opt into his current contract. According to Spotrac, he's set to earn a little under $5.4 million next season. He could command double that or more on the open market.

The 30-year-old will be among the more interesting players to watch over the summer. His stock has risen since his trade to the Cavs. In 123 regular-season games with the team, he averaged 12.5 points a game on 41.9 percent shooting. He also hit 39.6 percent of his three-pointers—his highest figure during his tenure with any one team.

Smith has unquestionably benefited from the roster around him, though. Having Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James on the floor allows Smith to sit at ...

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