For the second off season in a row Cleveland Cavaliers starting two-guard JR Smith finds himself without a contract. The 30-year-old sharp shooter is likely paying the price for his somewhat questionable behavior in year’s past.
When guys like Matthew Dellavedova (Bucks – 4 yrs/$38M) and Timofey Mozgov (Lakers – 4 yrs/$64M) land these kinds of deals so early in free agency, I can’t find any other explanation.
Anyway. . .
The Cavs NEED Smith. Yes. NEED. All caps.
Aside from the fact that Smith nailed 40% of his three pointers this season, not to mention without him in Game 7 of the NBA Finals that 8-point halftime deficit could’ve easily ballooned to double digits (he knocked down back-to-back makes from long range in the opening moments of the 3rd quarter to help tie the game), and even leave alone the fact that he’s FINALLY a two-way player at this stage in his career – take away ALL those things – and with this new found money the NBA is throwing around JR Swish is still worth AT LEAST $15 a year. Especially with the Cavs.
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