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Report: J.R. Smith to pick Knicks over Clippers?

Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:59 am
Edited on: February 16, 2012 1:41 pm
Is it down to the Knicks or Clippers for J.R. Smith? (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver  

There appeared to be two finalists in the recruitment of unrestricted free agent guard J.R. Smith, and one seems to have emerged..

Smith, recently returned from China where he signed to play during the lockout without an NBA opt-out clause, had reportedly narrowed his final two choices to the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers, according to

The New York Daily News reported that the Knicks have emerged as the leaders.
The Knicks are closing in on a deal to sign free agent shooting guard J.R. Smith, the Daily News has learned. Smith began the season in China, but has been eyeing a return to the NBA once the lockout ended.

Smith's agent, Leon Rose, met with Garden Chairman James Dolan following Wednesday's Knicks' win over Sacramento to finalize a contract.
Other teams linked to Smith over the last few weeks have included the Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers, among others. 

Smith has connections with both the Knicks and the Clippers, and both have expressed serious interest in his services. New York has Smith's former teammate with the Denver Nuggets, All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, as well as his former Nuggets boss, Mark Warkentien, a noted advocate of Smith's game. Los Angeles has Smith's former New Orleans Hornets teammate Chris Paul as well as his former Nuggets teammate Kenyon Martin, himself recently returned from China.

Given the unusual timing of his clearance from China, Smith's financial options are limited. New York is able to offer him a $2.5 million room exception; the Clippers are limited to the veteran's minimum. More important than the dollar figure for the remainder of the 2011-2012 season is his ability to play on a large stage. Playing big minutes and getting plenty of shots for a playoff team will help maximize his value for a big free agency pay day this summer. 

Smith averaged 12.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 24.9 minutes per game off of Denver's bench during the 2010-2011 season. At 26, he is entering his prime earning years as a player. Even though his 2011-2012 season will only be a few months long, it will be an important stretch for him to re-introduce himself to the NBA's chief decision-makers to ensure he receives the pay day he is eventually expecting.

In New York, he would fill out a backcourt rotation that includes global sensation Jeremy Lin, global non-sensation Baron Davis, rookie Iman Shumpert and Toney Douglas. There should be plenty of minutes available there, and Lin's orchestration of New York's offense recently offers some promise that Smith can find his touches too. That group, coupled with All-Stars in Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, plus Tyson Chandler in the middle, could potentially win a playoff series.

In Los Angeles, the presence of Paul guarantees he will get touches, and a season-ending injury to Chauncey Billups opens up all the minutes he can handle. He would join Paul, Mo Williams and Randy Foye in what would be a very solid rotation. Whether or not the Clippers add Smith, they expect to make a deep playoff run this year. 

Either way, Smith really can't lose.

Since: Apr 14, 2012
Posted on: April 14, 2012 1:49 am

Report: J.R. Smith to pick Knicks over Clippers?

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Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:44 pm

Report: J.R. Smith to pick Knicks over Clippers?

(head to head compare)

Bibby is better in FG percentage, ast per game, tos per game (even playing more minutes he has less).

I'm only mentioning it because you specifically asked, but I'm with you in that I'd take Douglas if I had to choose one.

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:21 am

Report: J.R. Smith to pick Knicks over Clippers?

This is some funny stuff.  The Knicks are so confident in the abilities of Jeremy Lin, they go out and get another PG?  This is not good news for Lin.  The Knicks know that this Lin phenomena could be short-lived.  Why would you bring in a player who will take minutes away from Lin, no matter how small the minutes are that he gets.  But trust me Smith will get a run.  He is familiar with Mellow.  Then Baron Davis may come back, then what?  You have a bunch of PG battling for minutes.  Could Lin already be hurting physically? 
Not sure how this move helps the Knicks, I am sure you Knick fans who haven't won an NBA title in 40 something years will tell us how. 

Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:14 am

Report: J.R. Smith to pick Knicks over Clippers?

why do we need JR?

because he can create his own offense off the bench, because he's a crazy 3-pt shooter, and last but not least, he will boost the knicks' rankings for which team has the most tattoos

Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:09 am

Report: J.R. Smith to pick Knicks over Clippers?

ok obviously JR would play over bibby, tony douglas or baron davis.

at SF obviously JR would play over renaldo balkman.

if almost everyone on the team can shoot, why is their 3pt% ranked 5th lowest in the league?

would you rather have bibby and walker as spot up shooters or JR and Douglas/Walker/anyone other than bibby?

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:43 pm

Report: J.R. Smith to pick Knicks over Clippers?

Actually, he is a blood. It's no big secret. It's too bad some thugs never grow up because that dude can straight drain buckets from the parking lot. Waste of talent...

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:12 pm

Report: J.R. Smith to pick Knicks over Clippers?

the knicks are playing so well right now. nobody knows how well melo will do in the non selfish thing. bring in somebody else does not seem to me to be a good idea.

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:56 pm

Report: J.R. Smith to pick Knicks over Clippers?

At this point, I would be more concerned about chemistry than his three-point shot.  I can easily see a scenario where Anthony and Smith bully Lin and Fields back to the bench and Chandler is to rebound only, but not shoot.  Just look at how Plaxico destroyed the Jets.

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:35 pm

Report: J.R. Smith to pick Knicks over Clippers?

....If he's a "blood" he's really bad at the sign.  Not even close on that one.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 7:29 pm

Report: J.R. Smith to pick Knicks over Clippers?

@ thebradybunch "its not a gang symbol reject...u ever see how the refs signal for a three. " You are so out the loop. The picture of him here clearly has him throwing up gang signs. NBA refs throw it up not face down. He has a reputation for being associated with the blood gang. The "B" sign for bloods started way before the NBA even accepted the 3 pt line also.

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