Cavs’ J.R. Smith to Test Free Agency Waters
After two seasons playing alongside LeBron James in Cleveland, J.R. Smith will test free agency this summer, reports ESPN.
The shooting guard will not pick up the player option on his contract, which will allow him to become a free agent on July 1. He has until midnight Thursday (June 16) to pick up the option for $5.3 million for next season.
Had Smith elected to opt in, his salary for next season was only partially guaranteed.
This past season, he has averaged 12.4 points and made a career-high 204 3-pointers, shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc.
During the season, Smith was named the Cavs' starting shooting guard, mostly because of his improved defense, ESPN notes. During the post season, he has averaged 11.4 points and shot 44 percent on 3-pointers.