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. Cavs players and coaches are gathering for workouts for several days this week in Santa Barbara ahead of the start of training camp next week. The session is meant to create bonding ahead of the season. Last year the team gathered in Miami for a camp that helped launch their eventual championship season.
Smith is focused on returning to the Cavs and the team wants him back, but Smith will likely not hesitate to miss part of training camp to wait to see if his leverage changes. Other teams currently have cap space, and events in the preseason can change the situation. Last season, the Cavs were at an impasse with Paul and free agent Tristan Thompson that saw Thompson miss all of the preseason before coming to terms.