Report: J.R. Smith turned down $1.6 million contract from Chinese team

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Former Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith reportedly turned down the chance to play on foreign soil recently by refusing a $1.6 million deal from Jiangsu, a Chinese basketball team.

Playing in China would have meant relocating his family to another country or possibly spending time away from them, two options that the family-oriented Smith is likely not too keen on.

Additionally, the $1.6 million contract is much lower than the $3 million deal he signed in 2011 during an NBA lockout to play for the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Smith is still on the lookout for a new team to play for after the Cavs waived him last month. Despite having a contract that could have helped a team clear some space on its salary cap, Smith had remained with the Wine and Gold throughout the offseason until his release.

The 15-year veteran was recently seen playing pick up basketball where he knocked down crucial 3-pointers to give his team the win. That is just a sample of the kind of player that he has been throughout his career in the NBA.

One of the league’s best streak shooters, Smith could get a shot at playing for another NBA team but will most likely have to accept the veteran’s minimum. Championship contenders such as the Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Los Angeles Clippers could take a chance on a player who has nailed 1,929 3-pointers in the regular season to help them in their bid to claim the Larry O’Brien trophy next year.

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Omar is a former staff writer with the King James Gospel. He is a Cavaliers fan who has followed the team from the Mark Price-led 1980s team to the LeBron era. Omar applauded the King's return to the Land and celebrated the team's first championship in 2016. He has pledged to defend the Land every chance he gets.