What’s Plan B If Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith Doesn’t Return?

October 12th, 2016 by Greg Swartz Leave a reply »

As the regular season quickly approaches, J.R. Smith remains without a Cleveland Cavaliers contract.

It's widely assumed Smith will return, especially with so few teams having the considerable cap space left to sign the 31-year-old sharpshooter.

Smith wants to get paid. The Cavs absolutely want him back, but are extremely cash conscious after paying $54 million in luxury taxes alone during 2015-16.

And so we wait, with the NBA champions missing their starting shooting guard, perhaps even for the start of the regular season. 

Smith won't come cheap, but do the Cavaliers really have a Plan B?


The Importance of "Swish" Smith is the Cavaliers' best three-point shooter in a league that's progressively moving outside the arc.

He led the team with 2.6 makes per game, connecting on 40.0 percent of his attempts. Smith was even better in the playoffs, upping his success rate to 43.0 percent. At 6'6", he can guard multiple positions and has been more engaged without the ball than at any point of his career.

"He brings a dimension to our team tha ...

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