Cavs guard J.R. Smith will decline player option, test free agency

Greeny: J.R. Smith should have more time to make player option decision (0:49)

Mike Greenberg finds it ridiculous J.R. Smith has to decide if he wants to pick up the player option in his contract with the Cavaliers during the middle of the NBA Finals. (0:49)

Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith will not pick up his player option and will become a free agent on July 1, sources told ESPN.com.

Smith has until midnight Thursday to pick up the option for $5.3 million for next season. As has been expected for months, Smith will let it pass and test the market.

Had Smith elected to opt in, his salary for next season was only partially guaranteed.

He averaged 12.4 points and made a career-high 204 3-pointers, shooting 40 percent on them, with Cleveland during the 2015-16 regular season. He became the Cavs' starting shooting guard mostly because of his improved defense. He has averaged 11.4 points and shot 44 percent on 3-pointers during this postseason.

Cleveland.com first reported Smith elected to test free agency.