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After opting out of his deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers J.R. Smith did not get the numbers he was looking for in a contract, however, that did not stop him from re-signing with the favorites to win the Eastern Conference next season.
Smith announced on his Instagram that he will be returning to Cleveland and wrote a brief caption explaining why. The 11-year veteran averaged 12.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game for the Cavs this season.
Happy to say that I am returning to the Cavs! It’s been a long ride this summer but I can say for sure, well worth the wait. When I opted out of my contract, I wanted to understand the landscape of the NBA and where I fit best. The Cavaliers had things they needed to do in order to piece together a championship caliber roster. I ended up deciding that instead of potentially securing a larger deal elsewhere, I wanted to rejoin an incredible organization in pursuit of the ultimate goal, an NBA championship. Thank you to the Cavaliers for making this happen. Can’t wait to get started! #TheLand
The deal is reportedly worth 2-years and over $10 million.
ESPN sources say JR Smith has landed a two-year deal with Cavs worth $10+ million with a player option entering Year 2
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 21, 2015