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Rumor: J.R. Smith wants $15 million per year from Cavaliers

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J.R. Smith will probably re-sign with the Cavaliers.

But…

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders:

That request doesn’t seem so outlandish to me, but then again, I didn’t expect Smith to have such a hard time in free agency last summer.

Simply, the capped-out Cavaliers have no mechanism to adequately replace Smith if he leaves. They can pay Smith big money, because they have his Bird Rights. They can’t just allocate it to an outside free agent.

Can they — as a win-now team featuring LeBron James, who shares an agent with Smith — really afford not to appease Smith?

This is starting to resemble the Tristan Thompson situation. Thompson, another Rich Paul client, didn’t sign until the fall, even as other teams used all their cap space. Finally, Thompson re-upped with Cleveland in the fall — on a bigger deal than initially offered.

Can Smith stomach for that type of delay?

He has plenty of leverage and agent who has repeatedly successfully navigated this road, including with Eric Bledsoe two years ago. Paul always seems geared up for this fight. (By the way, LeBron still hasn’t re-signed.)

Smith started for a championship team, his outside shooting adding a valuable dimension. Really, in this situation, $15 million isn’t an awful price. He’s already 30, so the length of the contract could be a sticking point. But the dollars don’t seem so bad.

The Cavs might be reluctant to pay so much, especially if Smith isn’t getting comparable offers elsewhere. Just a few teams still have that much cap space.

Smith might be reluctant to take less, especially after opting out of a higher salary last year. This is probably his last chance at a monster payday.

So, here we are — both sides incentivized not to budge now, but maybe even more likely to compromise as the season approaches.

Report: Nets signing Joe Harris to two-year, $2 million contract

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 28: Joe Harris #12 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the Cleveland Cavaliers media day at Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 28, 2015 in Independence, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Not long ago, Joe Harris was vying for a starting spot on a Cavaliers team featuring LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

Then he got hurt, traded to the Magic in a cash deal and waived by Orlando.

Now, Harris will try to revive his NBA career in Brooklyn.

Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops:

The Nets are desperate at shooting guard. Bojan Bogdanovic is their top player at the position, and their draft picks have big shortcomings: Caris LeVert (health) and Isaiah Whitehead (efficiency).

Harris is a good spot-up shooter, and his 6-foot-6 frame should allow him to defend at least decently. But he’ll have to shoot better than he has to justify his limited all-around game.

Report: Pelicans nearing one-year deal with Terrence Jones

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 14:  Team Hill's Terrence Jones #6 of the Houston Rockets dunks the ball as Team Webber's Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on during the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge 2014 as part of the 2014 NBA Allstar Weekend at the Smoothie King Center on February 14, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Pelicans have quietly had a nice offseason, adding plenty of young talent around Anthony Davis.

Buddy HieldSolomon Hill, E’Twaun Moore — and now Terrence Jones.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Jones is an unrestricted free agent, because the Rockets didn’t extend a qualifying offer — a surprising development on the talented 24-year-old. He has dealt with a spat of injuries, and — perhaps relatedly — his development has stagnated.

Still, he’s young and talented. His quickness gives him an offensive advantage, and a developing outside shot could give him an even bigger one.

Jones’ inability to guard bigger players inside makes him a tough fit with Davis, who counts that among his rare weaknesses. But Davis won’t play 48 minutes, and he and Jones can jell against certain lineups.

This is a pure talent upgrade for New Orleans, though it signals more minutes for Solomon Hill at small forward when his strengths are most pronounced at power forward.

For Jones, returning to the market in a year must be appealing. There’s plenty of room for his stock to rise.

Michigan State football player says Draymond Green’s companions choked him, girlfriend night before police heard Green’s slap

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DETROIT (AP) — Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green struck a Michigan State football player in the jaw during a weekend confrontation near campus, tried to apologize and then had to sit in jail for a while until he could sober up, according to a police report released Wednesday.

Senior cornerback Jermaine Edmondson – who the school announced Wednesday night has received his release to transfer – claimed he was punched by Green early Sunday outside a restaurant in East Lansing, though officers patrolling the area said they saw or heard a loud, open-handed “slap.”

Edmondson said it was his second confrontation with Green, a former Michigan State player, in two nights. He told police that he and his girlfriend were choked Friday night by men who were with Green at Rick’s, a bar near campus.

He said he spotted Green the next night and tried to talk to him, according to the police report released to The Associated Press.

“I walk over and I tell Draymond that last night wasn’t cool,” Edmondson, who is from Canton, Ohio, said in an email to police. “As he responded to me he began to poke me on my shoulder and I tell him that he doesn’t need to put his hands on me, we can just talk. As I started to talk again, boom, I’m punched in my jaw.”

He said he had a headache and pain in his neck and jaw.

Green was arrested and taken to the East Lansing jail where he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.10, police said. He was released when sober.

Green said “he was sorry for slapping the subject and wanted to speak with him to make things right,” Officer Jeff Horn wrote.

On Wednesday night, Michigan State said in a release that Edmondson was given his release and has decided to play his final college season elsewhere. The announcement from the athletic department included no mention of the alleged altercation between Edmondson and Green.

“In discussions with Jermaine Edmondson following spring practice and in the weeks thereafter, it became clear that Jermaine wanted to play a larger role on the team,” coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement. “After consulting with him in the summer, he felt it was in his best interest to finish his playing career elsewhere.”

Edmondson had 24 tackles last season. He was listed as a third stringer on Michigan State’s spring depth chart.

If convicted of misdemeanor assault and battery, Green could face 93 days in jail, a $500 fine or both.

“My legal team is handling it. It will be resolved really quickly,” Green said Tuesday in Aspen, Colorado. “As a public figure, I just can’t put myself in certain situations. It’s something that I’ll learn from and move on.”

 

Report: Hornets signing Christian Wood

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The 76ers waived Christian Wood, an intriguing 20-year-old rookie on a team-friendly contract, so they could bring 36-year-old Elton Brand out of retirement.

Brand added value on a young Philadelphia team, but dropping Wood was a real cost. Though the 76ers eventually re-signed Wood to a rest-of-season contract, they lost his original deal, which included three more unguaranteed seasons.

Philadelphia’s loss is Charlotte’s gain with Wood entering free agency now instead of as late as 2019.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Wood showed an ability to leverage his face-up skills into drawing fouls, and his outside shooting has potential. His length gives the 6-foot-11 forward a chance defensively.

Though Wood is very raw and might not stick in the NBA, the Hornets’ strong culture should be good for him.

If he pans out, they’ll have a bargain in 2017-18. If not, they can drop him at no cost.

It’s almost as if having Wood on a team-friendly contract is a good idea.