- Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Denver Nuggets Game Recap: Defensive Woes Doom Cavs
- LaVar Ball Fires Back at LeBron James and His Angry Comments
- LeBron James Helps Design Sneaker for Disabled Athletes
- Video: LeBron James Takes Shot at NBA for Criticizing Rest Days
- LeBron James Angrily Responds to LaVar Ball’s Comments About His Kids
- LeBron Responds to Public Outrage of Teams Resting Players During NBA Season
- Video: LeBron James Clears the Bench So Kevin Love Can Take a Seat
- Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Lakers Game Recap: Big 3 Combine for 101, Cavs Clinch Playoff Berth
- Video: LeBron James Casually Sips Coffee From Bench During Cavs-Clippers Game
- NBA Lashes Out at David Griffin for Sitting Out Big 3, Griffin Fires Back
Report: ESPN’s Marc Stein Reveals What Forced Cavs to Give J.R. Smith Lucrative Deal
- Updated: October 15, 2016
It had initially been reported that the Cavs were only willing to offer as high as $11 million per year, while Smith was seeking closer to a $15 million per year deal.
In the end, Smith and his agent Rich Paul got close to what they wanted, and got a deal faster than they had expected due to an outside factor, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
Stein reports that Philadelphia 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo had “pushed hard” for Smith, ultimately causing the Cavs to end the contract stalls and give Smith what he wanted.
ESPN sources say a hard push from Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo for J.R. Smith helped sparked Friday's talks with the Cavs to get a deal done
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 15, 2016
The 31-year-old Smith returns as a key component of a Cavs team looking to start the defense of its NBA title on Oct. 25 against the New York Knicks.