Announced via his Twitter page Thursday night, free agent guard J.R. Smith announces his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“Happy to say that I am returning to the Cavs! It’s been a long ride this summer but I can say for sure, well worth the wait. When I opted out of my contract, I wanted to understand the landscape of the NBA and where I fit best. The Cavaliers had things they needed to do in order to piece together a championship caliber roster. I ended up deciding that instead of potentially securing a larger deal elsewhere, I wanted to rejoin an incredible organization in pursuit of the ultimate goal, an NBA championship. Thank you to the Cavaliers for making this happen. Can’t wait to get started! #TheLand”
The deal is stated to be more than $10 million in total, the second year to be a player option. Due to the collective bargaining agreement rules, J.R. Smith will be able to veto any trade which gives him a little added control over his future. This also holds true to recent Cavs signings like LeBron James, James Jones and Matthew Dellavedova.
J.R. Smith opted out of the final year of his deal hoping to re-up for a significantly better pay raise. It didn’t pan out for the electric guard, and he has to look no further then himself. He is known around the league as a bit of a rebel and reputation precedes him and makes teams that are going through a culture change to shy away from him. He tried but couldn’t find a richer deal on the market and ultimately had to return to Caves for a pay cut. The Cavs are favorites at Pay Per Head Sportsbook with odds of 5/2.
J.R. the 11 year veteran was acquired in a trade with the Knicks in January and was one of the reasons the Cavs finished the regular season 34-13 after the deal was made. He had averages of 12.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game and seemed to be nice fit next to LeBron.
The Cavaliers are still trying to lock up Tristan Thompson but seem to be in a stalemate. They have also been busy signing 200 second round pick Sasha Kaun. Losing Thompson would be a huge downer for the Cavs but I don’t foresee that happening.