It's been somewhat of a surprise that the Cleveland Cavaliers haven't been able to re-sign J.R. Smith to this point, but there's a big reason why that hasn't happened yet.
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, Smith is asking for $15 million per year - a price the Cavs don't want to pay him.
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 30-year-old opted out of his contract this offseason, making him an unrestricted free agent. He would have made $5.3 million next season, and he feels he gave the Cavs a deal by re-signing for less last year. Now, he wants to be compensated for that sacrifice.
Smith averaged 12.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game last season, and shot 40 percent from three-point range.Back to the Cleveland Cavaliers Newsfeed