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J.R. Smith | Guard/Forward | #5

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 225
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (18) / NO
Contract: view contract details

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J.R. Smith is in no rush to finalize a deal with the Cavs, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.
Kyler reports that the two sides aren't very far apart from a numbers standpoint, but the length of the deal is something that is currently being discussed. Smith could holdout on officially signing a deal until training camp, but most signs point towards him re-upping with the Cavs. He won't be worth much more than a late-round selection on draft day for those seeking some 3-point shooting with a trickle of steals. Aug 31 - 11:16 AM

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J.R. Smith isn't worried about contract negotiations because he's letting his agent handle everything.

His agent, Rich Paul, has a reputation for being a tough negotiator -- he's the same agent that Tristan Thompson used to sign his massive deal last summer. Smith reportedly doesn't have much leverage in contract talks due to his colorful personality on and off the court. He's still said to be eyeing a deal for around $15 million per year, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out. For what it's worth, LeBron James has publicly said that he wants Smith to remain in Cleveland.
Aug 20 - 1:06 PM

J.R. Smith is still only talking with the Cavaliers, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

Kyler reports that the free agent has yet to expand his search to other teams, but has yet to come to an agreement on a deal with the Cavs. While he may not get the dollar figure he wants, it looks like Smith will be back in Cleveland for the 2016-17 season where he will again carry a late-round fantasy value.
Aug 16 - 9:29 AM

J.R. Smith and the Cavaliers have remained in discussions on a multi-year agreement according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

LeBron James has urged the Cavaliers to get Smith's signing done after he signed his max deal on Thursday, but the Cavs have been unwilling to meet his demands so far -- the last report indicated that Smith is looking for $15 million per year. We still expect the two sides to resolve things soon and Smith should have a similar role after averaging 12.4 points, 2.8 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.6 treys last season.
Aug 12 - 10:31 AM

J.R. Smith is still negotiating with the Cavaliers, but the two sides reportedly aren't close to a deal.

Smith is seeking a contract that will pay him around $15 million a year, but the Cavaliers have been unwilling to move up to that number. "I think the good news is J.R. wants to be here and we want J.R. back," general manager David Griffin said. "These things sometimes take time and he has representatives that want him to be with us as well so when the time is right something will get done. I'm very confident about that." There's a good chance that Smith will end up back in Cleveland, but he won't be much more than a late-round pick in 2016-17 fantasy drafts wherever he lands.
Jul 19 - 9:27 AM

J.R. Smith is reportedly looking to land a contract that will pay him roughly $15 million annually.

That's a ton of money, but it's also semi-reasonable price tag given the new salary cap in the NBA. The Cavs were only willing to give Swish an annual salary of $5 million after he opted out of his deal last year, but perhaps they'll be a bit more generous in their offerings during the second round of contract negotiations after Smith helped bring a championship to The Land.
Jul 17 - 3:50 PM

J.R. Smith said that he's "nervous" about choosing between re-signing with the Cavaliers or leaving for a bigger payday outside of Cleveland.

"I've thought about [leaving Cleveland] and I've thought about it the other way too, going back and winning again," Smith said. He's said that he wants to re-sign with the Cavs, and they'd like to bring him back, but as one of the best remaining free agents it makes sense for him to listen to offers from around the league. He's still likely to stay in Cleveland.
Jul 17 - 11:12 AM

J.R. Smith is still expected to re-sign with the Cavs.

He's actually one of the best players left on the market on July 9. Smith was very emotional after his first NBA championship and he certainly had a great time after it. He should sign soon.
Jul 8 - 11:37 PM

J.R. Smith hit two 3-pointers to finish Sunday's Finals-clinching victory with 12 points, four boards, two assists and one steal in 39 minutes.

Smith scored eight points in the first three minutes of the third quarter, followed by a pair of awful turnovers, but he logged 39 minutes and thoroughly outplayed reserve swingman Iman Shumpert (six points, one rebound in 19 minutes). Smith recently opted out of his contract for 2016-17, ensuring that he'll get some hefty offers in free agency, but given his major role in the Cavs' championship they'll likely do everything possible to retain him.
Jun 19 - 11:26 PM

J.R. Smith will not pick up his player option and will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

He only had a player option for $5.4 million for the 2016-17 season, so this isn't a hard call with the salary cap going up. Smith did say to that he wants to remain with the Cavs. He hasn't played particularly well in The Finals on both ends, which comes on the heels of his coach singing his praises. After Iman Shumpert did a great job on Klay Thompson in Game 5, it'll be interesting to see if Shumpert takes minutes from Smith.
Jun 15 - 3:51 PM

J.R. Smith scored 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting during the Cavs' Game 3 blowout victory, adding four rebounds and one assist in 38 minutes of action.

Five of Smith's makes came from downtown and his eight first-half points matched his combined output from Games 1 and 2. He was decisive offensively, doing his damage without a single turnover, and his defense was no less impressive, as he added three steals while helping to limit Golden State's starting backcourt to a combined 29 points on 10-of-26 shooting. His sudden re-emergence is a terrific turn of events for the Cavs.
Jun 9 - 12:32 AM

J.R. Smith said he'll be looking for his shot early in Game 3.

"Just looking for my shot early, penetrate and try to get a couple easy ones just to see the ball go through the net," Smith said. "They're running me off my spots a little bit... I just have to feel comfortable when I get in that situation to make the shot or take the shot or create a better play." Smith was Cleveland's fourth leading scorer during the regular season, but he's been a no-show through the first two games of the Finals, averaging just 4.0 points on 33.3 percent shooting. That trend simply cannot continue if Cleveland hopes to even up the series back at home.
Jun 7 - 4:28 PM

J.R. Smith, who attempted only three shots in Game 1 vs. the Warriors, finished Sunday's blowout loss with five points on 2-of-6 shooting.

Smith was just 1-of-4 from downtown, adding two rebounds, two assists and two steals in his 33 minutes of action. Cleveland came into the series with postseason highs in both 3-pointers made and 3-point percentage, and they'll need Smith to be much better to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole at home on Wednesday.
Jun 5 - 11:06 PM

J.R. Smith was spotted with a soft wrap on his right hand while going through his pregame routine.

Smith suffered a small cut to the palm of his shooting hand during Game 1, but this is not an injury that will cost Smith any floor time. LeBron James made it a point to say that the Cavs need to do a better job of getting Smith involved on offense for Game 2, so expect him to be more aggressive with his shot selection tonight.
Jun 5 - 7:08 PM

LeBron James said that the Cavs need to do a better job of getting J.R. Smith involved in the offense for Game 2.

"He's a huge part of our success," James said, "and we've got to do a better job of trying to get him some looks early on and just to keep him engaged throughout the whole game. Three shot attempts is not enough for him." Smith played some solid defense against Klay Thompson during Game 1, but he was a no-show on offense, registering just three points on three attempts. Expect Smith to take on a more prominent role on the offensive end for Game 2.
Jun 5 - 6:22 PM