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With the Cavs not budging on their contract negotiation numbers for J.R. Smith, other teams have become more intrigued by the veteran guard some as they realize they actually have a chance of stealing him away from the champs.
Frank Isola of the NY Daily News is reporting that the Celtics have serious interest in Smith and also have the ability to make it work financially if they can find a way to clear some space.
It is likely that Smith, a one-time Sixth Man of the Year with the Knicks, will re-sign with Cleveland but there are several teams that have interest in the shooting guard. One team is the Boston Celtics, whose second unit could certainly use a little scoring punch.
Barring a trade to clear cap space, the Celtics have approximately $9 million to sign Smith. He’s looking for a bigger payday, somewhere in the $15 million per season range. The Cavs are currently offering between $10 and $11 million annually. The Celtics would have to get close to $15 million for Smith to want to leave Cleveland to be a back-up to Avery Bradley.