Oct 17, 2016

    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.