Over the course of his NBA career, J.R. Smith has made more than $70 million and is due to earn $14.72 million this season alone.
So what’s another $600?
According to The New York Post, that’s what the Cleveland Cavaliers guard will pay as the result of a plea deal stemming from an incident over the summer in which he allegedly threw a fan’s phone into a construction site. Criminal charges against Smith, which were filed last month, will be dropped.
“We have reached dismissal in Cellphone-gate,” Smith’s lawyer, Alex Spiro quipped, according to The Post.
Smith initially been charged with criminal mischief after allegedly stealing a cell phone from a person outside a club in Chelsea before throwing it into a nearby construction zone. The phone was damaged in the process.
In late August, Smith appeared at an New York Police Department station in Chelsea, where he was issued a desk appearance ticket to appear in court at a later date. At the time, Spiro told TMZ, “This is nonsense, and we aren’t responding to nonsense. He was issued a desk appearance ticket.”
Smith, 33, is entering his fifth season with the Cavs and coming off a season in which he averaged 8.3 points in 80 games (61 starts), in addition to averaging 8.7 points in 22 postseason games. Following offseason departure of LeBron James, he currently finds his role with the team in flux and missed Cleveland’s preseason opener against the Boston Celtics earlier this week due to hip soreness.
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