JR Smith is still a free agent, and he has some offer who are better than offer from Cleveland Cavaliers.
After a great season with the Cavs, maybe is time to move on and sign a better contract. So far, he didn't earn more than 6.7 million per year (Denver Nuggets 2010/11), and he already proved that he is one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA right now.
He had 40% from the downtown, with 12.4 points and 2.6 three-pointers per game. With LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, it's a miracle to score more than 10 points, and his moving around the line, catching and shooting, was better than ever in his career.
He has some offers, but he should think about it and sign with the team who could offer him a starting shooting guard position on the court.
Smith earned $5 million playing in Cleveland in 2015-2016 and $6.5 million during the previous season, when the team reached the NBA Finals both times, as a starting shooting guard.
Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge is reportedly prepared to give J.R. Smith a $15 million contract, and that is the best offer on the table for him. Cleveland can't offer him that amount, and this is a good opportunity to start with the Celtics, after he won NBA Championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It is likely that Smith, a one-time Sixth Man of the Year with the Knicks, will re-sign with Cleveland but there are several teams that have interest in the shooting guard. One team is the Boston Celtics, whose second unit could certainly use a little scoring punch.
Barring a trade to clear cap space, the Celtics have approximately $9 million to sign Smith. He’s looking for a bigger payday, somewhere in the $15 million per season range. The Cavs are currently offering between $10 and $11 million annually. The Celtics would have to get close to $15 million for Smith to want to leave Cleveland to be a back-up to Avery Bradley.
After they signed Al Horford, starting lineup could be very interesting with Isaiah Thomas, JR Smith, Jaylen Brown, Tyler Zeller and Al Horford. Boston was 28th out of 30 teams in shooting percentage from behind the three-point line, and JR Smith will improve that for sure.
Head coach Brad Stevens is said to be trying to improve his team's three-point shooting this summer, and they could add some three-point shooter for the next season.
"Shooting is always going to be a priority," Stevens said after reporters recently asked him "what areas his team might target while finalizing roster construction", as per ESPN.
The Celtics could trade Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and the future pick for Jahlil Okafor, so they could have a strong frontcourt with Horford and Okafor against every team in the league.
At this moment, JR Smith probably wants the best contract, because he already won the NBA ring. He is 30-years old shooting guard, and maybe he will have only one big contract before he finishes his career.
Boston Celtics is always the attractive destination because of the fans and history, and if JR Smith could sign three-years deal with $15 million per season, that could be very hard to reject.
We'll probably know his decision in the next 10 days.