Report: J.R. Smith won’t attend LeBron James-organized workouts Cavaliers, no contract progress

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LeBron James organized workouts for the Cavaliers in Los Angeles.

But J.R. Smith – who is a free agent, not a contracted Cav – will skip them.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

J.R. Smith will not attend the Cleveland Cavaliers minicamp this week in California as he and the team remain at an impasse in contract talks, sources told ESPN.com.

No recent progress has been made in the talks, sources said.

I’m glad Smith is actually looking out for himself, even if he’s talking more about the Cavaliers’ best interests. These workouts are probably too risky for someone without a contract. If the 31-year-old Smith gets hurt, Cleveland is not obligated to pay him.

Plus, why should the Cavs get the benefit of improved chemistry while not paying Smith? The delayed team-building is part of his leverage.

At some point, they’ll likely reach a deal. But Smith doesn’t owe them any favors in the interim.