Just as reports of the former Sixth Man of The Year, J.R. Smith interested in starting searching elsewhere to sign for the upcoming 2016-2017 NBA season, the NBA Champions, Cleveland Cavaliers re-sign Smith on a multi-year contract deal.
According to ESPN,
Smith and the Cavs came to terms Friday night on a pact that will guarantee the mercurial shooting guard $45 million over the next three seasons.
The Cavaliers announced the Smith re-signing Saturday but did not disclose terms.
Cavs GM, David Griffin says,
“Bringing J.R. back as part of our core group was a priority for us,” general manager David Griffin said in a statement. “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.”
Smith took to social media to post a message that he’s returning to his championship team.
The 12-year vet, J.R. Smith started in all 21 games, averaging 11.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 34.8 minutes per game in their championship run during the 2015-2016 NBA season. The sticky shooter struggled during the NBA Finals but made a franchise playoff-record 65 three-pointers, which were also the fourth-most threes made by any NBA player in a single postseason. Smith accomplished to pen his name in the record books as the most three-pointers made in the Eastern Conference since the Cavs acquired him in a three-team trade on Jan. 5, 2015 (335 three-pointers). Smith and the Cavs rally to defeated the 2015 NBA Champions, Golden State Warriors after being down 3-1 in the NBA Finals.
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