Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith wants to stay with the team that gave him a championship last season, but because it is the National Basketball Association (NBA) we’re talking about, the circumstances surrounding the veteran player’s holdup suggest that he might actually feel compelled to leave LeBron James and the rest of the defending champs.
The 30-year-old veteran is no stranger to expressing what he wants, but because there’s no other serious offer from any team in the league right now, the only option left for Smith is to give in to what Cleveland is offering him. According to ESPN writer Brian Windhorst, both the team and Smith are on the same page, at least when it comes to wanting each other back. “The Cavs want him back, he wants to go back to the Cavs,” Windhorst said on a Washington Post podcast.
However, the situation is actually more complicated than how it looks. For one, Smith wants a lot of money this year and he has seen several other players receive more than what has been offered to him. Simply put, he wants a raise. Now comes the difficult part: the Cavs are in perfect position to take its own stand and be firm about their initial offer. Well, there’s no blaming them considering that there are no teams as of the moment that has expressed interest in acquiring Smith’s services.
Another problem for the 18th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft is that training camp is almost here, which means he no longer can afford a long stakeout. But what’s certain for the moment is that if ever any team suddenly offers him more money and a promise of considerable playing time, he likely will grab that opportunity, leaving a team that gave him his only championship in a career spanning 12 years. Nevertheless, he is bound to make a return as a member of the Cavs if no offer comes.