As the Cavaliers look to complete their roster for the upcoming 2015-16 NBA season they are still attempting to secure the services of a couple of players who played on the Cleveland hardwood last season.
Both Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith are in talks about a return to the Cavs but, at this stage, the Ohio franchise's hard-ball approach has seen little progress made.
And now a new report from Cleveland.com regarding J.R. Smith's situation could explain just why the negotiators are at a standstill. Indeed, considering the former Knicks man's penchant for drama, their current offer could be classed as embarrassing for Smith.
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Per Cleveland.com reporter Terry Pluto:
"The Cavs have made him an offer. I hear it’s less than $6.4 million that he turned down."
J.R. Smith having turned down the player option with Cleveland to hit free agency but struggled to find any potential suitors. Cleveland's decreased offer will surely only add further salt to the wound.
Of course, having seen no other team show any particular interest in the shooting talent, the Cavaliers are perhaps correct to readjust their contract offer accordingly as, in the cold light of day, J.R. Smith might have little option but to take what he can get at this stage.
Lack of motivation
On the other hand, J.R. Smith isn't exactly known as a player who can let bygones by bygones. The temperamental 29-year-old has a tendency to spit the dummy out if things aren't going his way so he might not exactly be at his motivated best should he be forced to return to Cleveland with his tail well and truly between his legs.
Unfortunately for Smith, with the Cavaliers looking to bring back Tristan Thompson too, they might not be able to afford to help the star save face at this stage of the offseason.