J.R. Smith still hopes to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers with training camp quickly approaching.
In an interview with Complex.com posted Friday, Smith said the Cavs’ offer was such that “we’re not where we want to be at from a personal standpoint.”
The next part is somewhat confusing. He said “I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of the Cavs for everything they’ve done for me, and I don’t want them to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. It’s more of a mutual respect thing.”
In numerous conversations with Smith’s camp, they feel he’s proven his worth to the Cavs.
The Cavs are already more than $22 million over the the NBA’s $94 million salary cap.
Smith is believed to be looking for approximately $15 million per season. The Cavs would likely prefer a shorter contract. The Cavs gave Smith a two-year, $10 million contract with a player’s option for the second season prior to the 15-16 campaign. That was after Smith declined a $6.4 million option on his previous contract.