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Details of why J.R. Smith and the Cleveland Cavaliers can't agree to a deal reported

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The J.R. Smith and Cleveland saga is running dangerously close to the new season.

However, new details have emerged about the impasse, and it looks like both sides are playing hardball.

It's understandable from both ends. Smith knows that after grabbing his first ever NBA ring and considering the inflated market, he should command a higher payday than he ever has before.

According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, the Cavs are simply waiting for Smith to cave and sign the last contract they formally offered him.

That deal was reported to be somewhere in the region of $10 to $11 million per year, but Smith is seeking $15 million annually.

Considering Jeremy Lin is making $13 million a year with the Brooklyn Nets, Smith will feel he is being perfectly reasonable.

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But, that does not change the fact that the Cavs are not in a rush to make the deal and can live without Smith.

At this stage of the summer, it's not like there are a host of franchises giving Smith some options during these negotiations.

He has precious little leverage, but Smith does have LeBron James on his side and he is lobbying for his friend to be retained.

Given LeBron's influence on the franchise, chances are, they front office won't want to upset him.

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