Following weeks of speculation, the Cleveland Cavaliers finally signed J.R. Smith to a new four-year, $57 million contract There had been no indication about when the saga would finally see an end. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, it was another team that had ultimately forced the Cavaliers to cave in.
ESPN sources say a hard push from Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo for J.R. Smith helped sparked Friday’s talks with the Cavs to get a deal done
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 15, 2016
Although the 76ers had made a hard push to land Smith, it’s hard to believe that he would have left Cleveland. There was an obvious strong desire from the 31-year-old to stay with the team especially after winning his first NBA title. It was only matter of time before he had hammered out a deal with Cleveland.
This was the same situation last with Tristan Thompson before they signed him to a new multi-year deal prior to the start of the season. Smith’s return helps solidify their bench with a proven scorer. This move only improves their chances of repeating as champions next year.