Cleveland Cavaliers Season Preview: Re-Signing JR Smith A Good Move?

By Miguel Torres, Posted: 10/18/16 06:52AM EDT
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J.R. Smith speaks to local media before hosting a private screening of the movie 'Race' for The Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland on January 26, 2016 in Valley View, Ohio.(Photo : Duane Prokop/Getty Images)

It took four months of haggling and back-and-forth talks before the Cleveland Cavaliers was able to come up with the perfect deal to be able to re-sign starting shooting guard JR Smith.

The 30-year-old NBA veteran had been in disagreement with the Cavaliers' front office since the beginning of the offseason, as he was asking for a bump in his salary. Specifically, while team management was only offering him $11 million, Smith wanted $15 million. The said talks even drew the ire of NBA Finals MVP LeBron James, who aired out his frustrations on the issue in several interviews.

The stand-off finally came to an end over the weekend. According to Tom Withers of the Associated Press (via NBA.com), the Cavs folded. They even topped Smith's desired amount, guaranteeing him more than $45 million for three seasons.

If he plays in the final year of the deal, he will be getting $57 million. According to Cavs general manager David Griffin, being able to re-sign Smith was a "special priority" for them.

"He's a special part of this family and we are very pleased to have reached an agreement that we all can feel good about. We know he can't wait to get back on the court with his brothers and we are certain that everyone in this organization and city feels the same way," Griffin said.

But is Smith's re-signing actually a good move for the team, and if so, how is he an asset? After all, he is considered as one of the vital cogs that helped brought the team its first ever franchise title in June. Giving him his desired salary is believed to be warranted, as far as the people around him are concerned, at least.

According to Jamyson Frierson of Fansided.com's "Hoops Habit", his best asset still remains to be his three-point shooting. Having him on the team only increases their overall threat from the outside.

"The way the Cavaliers roster was structured, they only had two three-point threats with Channing Frye and Mike Dunleavy. They'll now have three, and one of the streakiest with the return of Smith," an excerpt from Frierson's report reads.



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