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

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 225
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (18) / NO
Contract: view contract details

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Cavs' GM David Griffin said that the team has made an "incredibly competitive and aggressive offer" to re-sign unrestricted free agent J.R. Smith.
"As we have stated and coach has previously stated, we think very highly of J.R. and we love him as a member of our team, as a member of our locker room," Griffin said. "He was essential to our success and for that reason we have made an incredibly competitive and aggressive offer in re-signing him." Smith is seeking a multi-year deal that will pay him roughly $15 million annually, and while the two sides have not found a common ground there, they remain engaged in a dialogue. It would be surprising to see Smith leave Cleveland. Sep 28 - 10:28 AM

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LeBron James is optimistic something will get done with free agent J.R. Smith "sooner than later."

There really has never been any serious doubt on Smith coming back to Cleveland. Smith has said he still wants to get a deal done with the Cavs and he's been in Cleveland recently. Considering how Mo Williams is going to retire, the Cavs need depth at guard. Smith is a late-round pick in standard leagues.
Sep 26 - 2:12 PM

J.R. Smith will not attend the Cavaliers' minicamp this week.

Cavs players and coaches are gathering for workouts for several days this week according to ESPN, but Smith could even miss the beginning of their official training camp to improve his leverage in contract talks. The two sides are reportedly still far apart and no recent progress has been made. Smith wants to return and is looking for a multiyear deal, but it doesn't sound like he's interested in taking a discount and he could explore other options if the talks don't progress soon. For what it's worth, a move away from Cleveland is pretty unlikely, but it could be a good thing for his fantasy value.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 11:18 AM

According to Joe Vardon of, the Cavs would likely prefer a shorter contract for J.R. Smith.

Neither side is budging in contract talks with Smith said to be commanding $15 million per year, but he doesn't have much leverage because of his reputation around the league. He recently said that he's hoping that a deal will be complete soon, but it's worth noting that he's using the same agent that Tristan Thompson used before ultimately signing a five-year, $82 million deal. The clock is ticking with training camp right around the corner.
Sep 18 - 10:12 AM

J.R. Smith said he's hoping to get a deal soon.

He's previously said he's in no rush to get a deal, but training camp is just around the corner. "I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of the Cavs for everything they’ve done for me, and I don’t want them to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. It’s more of a mutual respect thing," Smith said. He's very likely to be on the Cavs and should have a similar role to last season. Smith is a decent 3-pointers specialist.
Source: Complex
Sep 16 - 4:45 PM

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

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