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The final piece to the Cavaliers’ championship defense is in place. The Cavs and J.R. Smith agreed to a four-year deal Friday that could be worth $57 million, according to a league source, returning the shooting guard to where he always wanted to be. Akron Beacon Journal
Smith, 31, was an unrestricted free agent who earned about $5 million with the Cavs last season. He made a career-high 204 3-pointers last season and emerged as a top two-way player. The agreement came as the Cavs were in Chicago to face the Bulls in a preseason game. Akron Beacon Journal
The Cavs were hesitant to go four years on Smith, but had no way to replace him. They are well into the luxury tax again this season and have few trade assets to pair with their $9.5 million trade exception. Similarly, the number of teams that could offer Smith the type of contract he sought was extremely limited. Cleveland.com reported part of the contract is not guaranteed. Akron Beacon Journal
Brett Brown plans to extend Joel Embiid’s playing time another three minutes Saturday against the Pistons, upping his restriction to 18. The Sixers have two preseasons game remaining before opening night, when Brown would like to play him even longer. “We expect to extend some minutes tomorrow night,” Brown said after practice Friday. “I think you might see him get up to as many as 18 tomorrow night, with the end game trying to deliver him to the [season-opening] OKC game at 20, 24.” CSN Philly
More time on the court means more opportunities to match up against top-level talent. A day later, people still were buzzing about Embiid’s defense against speedy point guard John Wall. He will be matched up against All-Star center and double-double machine Andre Drummond on Saturday. CSN Philly
The Sixers' goal is to have Jahlil Okafor ready for opening night. Just under two weeks out, Okafor went through an individualized workload, which included scripting but not live practice, on Friday. Okafor has not played in the preseason. He underwent surgery March 22 to repair a small meniscus tear in his right knee. Okafor missed the final 23 games of his rookie year. CSN Philly
A former friend of the woman suing Knicks’ star Derrick Rose and two of his pals for gang raping her told jurors Friday the accuser is a scheming liar. Gabriela Chavez testified that the woman identified as Jane Doe told her the sex she had with the trio was consensual — and she “was scheming” to get Rose’s money. The 30-year-old victim has claimed she awoke on Aug. 27, 2013, to Rose and two other men having intercourse with her in her bedroom. NY Daily News
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