The 29-year-old Smith is now one of a few free agents left in the market and no team had shown interest in giving the 2004 first round pick any offers for his services. But now that the dust has cleared, Smith has not been offered a deal. From the time he declined his option (and even before then), Smith has always said that he wants to return to Cleveland.
Jones played in 57 games last regular season and 20 games in the playoffs, averaging 4.4 points on 35 percent shooting from the three-point area.
One of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ free agents will be back next season, although it’s a player many had forgotten about. But that’s far less than his $6.4 million option.
And now, ironically, after casual talks with the Portland Trail Blazers, which led to nothing, Smith might be forced to take a pay cut in order to just find a landing spot in the National Basteball Association.
But Jordan changed his mind at the last minute, bypassing a chance to sign with the Mavericks.
11-year veteran J.R. Smith was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers this past season in January from the New York Knicks.
The Cavs also want to get younger athletic players. Smith averaged 12.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He did comeback and have good series against the Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks, before completely losing his shot during the National Basteball Association Finals. However, he played poorly in the postseason, starting with a two-game suspension for hitting Jae Crowder of the Boston Celtics, and shooting just 31% in the Finals.
Now with the National Basteball Association free agency period all but dried up, though, it’s going to be supremely hard for Smith to rake in that type of money. Jordan signed a maximum salary contract with the Clippers to remain as their center for years to come.