Cleveland Cavaliers have suffered a huge blow on the quest to defend their NBA title as their star player JR Smith is demanding a whopping $15 million a year contract in order to stay at the NBA Champions.
The 30 year old superstar was instrumental in the success of Cavaliers last season showcasing some brilliant performances but is without any team so far as his contract with the NBA champions has expired and no one has yet offered him a new contract expect Cavaliers but he has made his intentions clear that he want nothing short than $15 million per year.
A Star for the Champions
JR Smith was a star last season as he thrived for the Cleveland Cavaliers along with some highly paid super stars of the team including the modern great Lebron James. It was shown by his impressive stats last season where he averaged more than 13 points per game along with 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals in every game. The stats are enough o showcase that how much this guy contributed to take his team to the very top. This is been the reason why Cavaliers desperately want to hold on to the 30 year old but he is reluctant to do that as he wants a high wage in return if he stays.
Is he really worth $ 15 million per year
Yes, the last years stats absolutely proves it but if you consider the stats before the last season you will be completely acknowledged with the difference as it was Cavaliers where he found his actual Rhythm otherwise he was considered a inconsistent star who was very selfish for the personal glory but at Cavalries his story changed completely as he started clicking with the team brilliantly.
Lebron James Factor
Well, if you are Basketball legend then you will probably have an influence over your management and that case comes in the favor of JR Smith as the decision could go in his way as he has the backing from Lebron James in that aspect.
Financial Trouble for Cavaliers
Paying a whopping $ 15 million a year to JR Smith will not only put a strain on the pocket of Cavaliers but will lead to more trouble as they have to pay mammoth tax because they already have three highly paid stars in their team and apart form that Stats state that Smith has never been paid more than $ 7 million in his entire NBA career.