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J.R. Smith to the Knicks

Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:01 am
Edited on: February 17, 2012 10:16 am
J.R. Smith will join the Knicks and Linsanity. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

The long, enduring process of bringing J.R. Smith to the Knicks has ended. Smith announced on Twitter Friday he'd chosen the New York Knicks.

After reports indicated earlier this week that Smith's decision was down to the Knicks or Clippers, and then that the Knicks had taken the upper hand, reports Friday indicated that the decision has been made. The New York Post reported that Smith would sign Friday with the Knicks, and will be in uniform Sunday when Linsanity faces another tough test against the Dallas Mavericks in Madison Square Garden. 

Smith confirmed to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld Thursday that he was close to a deal with the Knicks, though he did not confirm it was done. Meanwhile, the Oregonian reports of the insane lengths both the Clippers and Knicks are going through to try and sign Smith, including sending a representative to meet Smith when he got off the plane. From the Oregonian: 
Things got so interesting Thursday that Smith hopped a plane from China to LAX, arriving at the airport in the late afternoon, where he was intercepted, his camp said, by a representative for the Knicks. Smith was apparently headed later in the evening to Las Vegas, and according to a source in Smith's family, the Knicks bought a ticket for their guy and sent him along, too.

New York apparently hoped to sign Smith as he cleared Customs, and I can't say I blame them after what I heard Del Negro promised Smith.

Get this: Smith was told via text message from Del Negro, in what feels like a desperate, last-ditch effort, that he'd be -- a starter -- for the Clippers.

Start? Smith? Really?

"What I text to J.R. is between J.R. and me," Del Negro said. "We're just trying to make our team better. I think everyone on our team understands that."
via Canzano: Fight for J.R. Smith offers warnings for Trail Blazers |

So that's a little insane. 

Can we take a second to note that J.R. Smith has been back in the states for less than 12 hours and was headed to Vegas? How can you not love the NBA?

Smith joining the Knicks helps bolster their depth considerably. Being able to play a second lineup of Toney Douglas/Mike Bibby, Iman Shumper, Landry Fields, and a big to pair with Amar'e Stoudemire or Tyson Chandler means the dropoff won't be as big, and the ability to keep a scorer on the floor with Melo or, ahem, Jeremy Lin on the bench helps considerably in the backcourt.

It also means the Clippers will have to go elsewhere to try and recover their scoring lost when Chauncey Billups tore his Achilles.

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 11:31 am

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

When J.R. Smith gets hot, he can knock down the 3 ball like no other.  When he's not hot, he is pretty non existent.  This is probably a good fit for him, as he has a ton of help around him.  

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2012 10:36 am

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

I assume that Phil Jackson approved this signing, as he will likely be running the show sooner or later. Carmelo and STAT in the Triangle with JR filling it up from beyond the arc! Can't wait! Couple of more moves for role players and it will be show time on Seventh Avenue.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 9:02 am

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

Just what the Knicks need..another ball hogging bricklayer.

Since: Jan 30, 2012
Posted on: February 18, 2012 3:42 am

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

very very bad move for knicks.they win without melo,amare and baron.they loss with this.playoffs? goodbye

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:16 pm

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

The ignorance of the NBA just got stronger by 1.  Smith is ugly tattooed brick layer.

Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:55 pm

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

Smith is going to put up shots in this Knicks offense. But he is not known for defense. So we will see what happens for the rest of the year. 

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:01 pm

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

Reported that Balkman is the one who got waived. Anyone needs kleenexes I got a whole box but i get the feeling I'm still gonna have a full box at the end of the night.

Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:51 pm

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

This is the best picture you could post, this guy throwing up a 3-4 ganster crip sign with his hands.

Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:50 pm

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

LOL . Bibby First !!!

Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:25 pm

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

I'm not feeling good about this signing.  If I understand the article right he(J.R. Smith) signs a two year 4.3 million dollar contract then he decides to go to Vegas?  Isn't All-Star weekend next weekend.  

Knicks management decide to waive Renaldo Balkman-I know he's not a game changer but he is 6' 8", tries to play defense, and is younger than Mike Bibby.  Was Bibby's contract structed different from Balkman's?   I don't get it. I read the NY Post article that said Balkman has not played since early January and that might be right.  I'd rather pay Bibby to stay home.

Hope Smith works out but I'm not holding my breath.

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