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J.R. Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers far apart on new deal

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Veteran swingman J.R. Smith remains unsigned as NBA Training camps rapidly approaches and it doesn’t appear that will change anytime soon.

As Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes, Smith and the Cleveland Cavaliers are still not close on signing a new contract. In fact, Smith deferred all contract talk to his agent after sending out a video via Uninterrupted prior to the J.R. Smith 10th Annual Golf Classic in Lakewood Township, New Jersey.

"I know you guys are going to ask me about my contract situation," Smith said. "You've got my agent's number so you all can call him. Rich Paul. You all know what it is. Klutch. You dig?"

Smith, 30, is coming off an NBA championship-winning campaign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 77 regular season games, Smith averaged 12.4 points and 2.8 rebounds in 30.7 minutes per game. Known for his streaky shooting ability, Smith maintained his normally solid three-point shooting by maintaining a .400 percent mark from beyond the arc.

There have been rumors of the Boston Celtics possibly entering the fray for Smith’s services However, he is reportedly seeking a multi-year commitment worth $15 million per season. Also, due to his off-court antics, Fedor adds that many teams are simply not interested in him. One person, who does want Smith back is LeBron James, who recently re-signed with Cleveland on a three-year, $100 million deal.

"I'm ecstatic,"James said via Uninterrupted after re-signing. "I can't wait to see my guys. I can't wait to get back out there in the wine and gold and just get the band back together. Lastly, let's get J.R. done. It's that time."

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James, Smith, and Tristian Thompson all share the same agent. Last offseason, negotiations between Thomspon and Cleveland dragged into training camp and he ended up missing some time due to his late start. However, all signs indicate to Smith eventually re-signing with Cleveland.

James, Smith, and Tristian Thompson all share the same agent. Last offseason, negotiations between Thomspon and Cleveland dragged into training camp and he ended up missing some time due to his late start. However, all signs indicate to Smith eventually re-signing with Cleveland.

“The good news is J.R. wants to be here and we want J.R. back,” Cavaliers' general manager David Griffin expressed to ESPN 2 recently. “When the time is right, something will get done. I’m very confident about that.”

Griffin will hope he is right because if the negotiations drag any further, the team will be in danger of another Thompson-like situation following the team into training camp.

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LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
JR Smith

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