Smith to rejoin Cavaliers after lengthy talks
J.R. SMITH will return to NBA champions Cleveland after signing a new deal following a lengthy off-season negotiation for the veteran shooting guard, the team said on Saturday.
His contract is reportedly
a four-year one worth
as much as US$57 million (S$79 million), with incentives potentially boosting the deal beyond the US$14 million a season he had sought.
The 31-year-old long-range sharpshooter played in 77 games last season for the Cavaliers, averaging 12.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals
in 30.7 minutes a contest.
Cleveland made the greatest comeback in
NBA Finals history to defeat the Golden State Warriors in seven games and claim the city's first major sports
crown in half a century.
Smith ranked seventh in
the NBA last season with a club-record 204 three-pointers, shooting better than 40 per cent from beyond the arc.
Smith can join his teammates tomorrow for the Cavaliers' final pre-season exhibition game against Washington at Columbus, Ohio, before Cleveland
face Smith's former team,
New York Knicks, in the Oct 25 season opener.