The Cleveland Cavaliers and guard J.R. Smith have come to terms on a deal that will pay the mercurial swingman $57 million over four years, per Marc Stein of ESPN. The two sides had reached an impasse over the last few weeks, with the season under two weeks away from beginning and Smith still not inked to a deal.
Smith announced his decision–and that he and his wife are expecting–via Uninterrupted.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) October 15, 2016
Less than half a day after rumors began to swirl that Smith may be forced to look somewhere else in free agency, the Cavaliers got the deal done, just days after LeBron James voiced his support for both parties to come together and get Smith back in time for the start of the season.
After years of being a volume bench scorer, Smith started all 77 games he played in last season, the most of his 12-year NBA career. He averaged 12.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, playing off the ball and serving as the team’s primary three-pointer shooter.
Smith first joined the league back in 2004 when he was selected with the 18th overall pick by the New Orleans Hornets out of St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, New Jersey. Prior to last season, the 56 games he started as a rookie were the most of his career. He would go on star in a bench role for the Denver Nuggets from 2006-2011, averaging over 15 points per game twice. From there, he’d follow teammate Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks, where he’d win the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award and had a career-high 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.