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Report: J.R. Smith still expected to sign with Cavaliers

Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game Five

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 25: J.R. Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes up for a dunk in the first quarter against the Toronto Raptors in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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J.R. Smith won a ring with the Cavaliers last season, having developed into a solid, dependable catch-and-shoot option on the perimeter in Cleveland (something unexpected after his stint in New York). He was valuable in the playoffs (11.5 points per game) and was the shirtless star of the post-title celebrations.

The Cavaliers want him back. He wants to be back. The question remains price, but a deal is expected to get done, reports Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

J.R. Smith, another client of (agent Rich) Paul, is also still out on the market, but he is also expected to re-sign with the club.

Paul’s most famous client is LeBron James, who also has yet to formally re-sign with the Cavaliers. But will. LeBron’s signature could be on hold until After Smith is taken care of.

Smith made $5 million last season with Cleveland, and averaged 12.4 points per game, shooting 40 percent from three.