What LeBron James wants, he normally gets.
That's why it is extra surprising to see J.R. Smith still sitting home as a free agent when the King has been so vocal about the Cleveland Cavaliers bringing him back.
After the NBA champions practiced on Friday, last year's Final's MVP made it loud and clear how he felt about the shooting guard's future.
"Negotiations are always two-sides, but J.R. did his part," James said Friday following practice. "He showed up every day. ... Became a two-way player, a model citizen in Cleveland and he's a fan favorite, obviously we all know that. All of the sudden now he's a season ticket holder at the Indians games.
"We just miss him. We miss having him around. He's a big piece of our team and they just need to get it done," he said.
When you are the city's favourite son and you just brought said city it's first ever NBA title - almost single-handedly - your opinion is sure to carry some weight.
The Cavs really don't want to upset LeBron by dragging this out any longer than it needs to be.
The facts are, Smith is asking for a little more money now that the market is so inflated, and the Cavs know that no other franchise is going to challenge them for his services at this juncture.
Hence, the impasse both sides find themselves at. However, it's hard to imagine King James will not get his way.