After a long and relatively suspense-free free agency holdout, defending NBA champion J.R. Smith has finally reached a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Bringing an end to most drama-free holdout in NBA history, #Cavs have reached 4-year deal with JR Smith. ESPN reports it's for $57M.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) October 15, 2016
Despite waiting until every other notable free agent around the league had already signed their deals, Smith’s destination for next season was never really in doubt. Despite reports from earlier today that Smith was not far away from starting negotiations with the six teams around the league that still have remaining cap space, it never seemed likely Smith would end up anywhere other than Cleveland.
No matter how much money Smith and his camp were initially asking for, LeBron James wants Smith on the Cavs, and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters. It was pretty ridiculous for the Cavs to hold out for so long on signing the starting shooting guard on the team that brought the city of Cleveland its first championship in 40 years. But if they were able to use that time to talk smith down from 75 million to 57 million, it was well worth it.