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Report: Nuggets looking to trade J.R. Smith

Posted on: August 22, 2010 11:23 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2010 11:24 pm
Posted by Royce Young

For the past two weeks or so, any trade talk coming out of Denver has involved one Carmelo Anthony. But it appears one of his teammates may actually be the one to go first.

Chris Tomasson of Fanhouse reports that the Nuggets are looking to trade guard J.R. Smith, a player entering the final year of his $6 million contract. Smith has been part of trade rumors ever since he arrived in Denver from Chicago and before then, New Orleans, but mainly hung around because one of his biggest supporters was former general manager Mark Warkentein. Now that Warkentein is gone, Smith may be as well.

Smith is somewhat of a headcase player that has often had issues with coach George Karl, but it's hard to ignore his production off the bench. He's a player that can routinely explode for 25 points any given night and in 2008-09, finished second for Sixth Man of the Year. Last season he averaged 15.4 points per game, a career high. However, on the flip side Smith's field goal percentage dipped to 41.4 and he shot just 33.8 percent from 3.

The Nuggets would probably prefer to move him before the season starts, but are obviously looking to get some kind of return for Smith. He's obviously attractive to a contender as he has an expiring contract but mainly because he could make an excellent scoring piece off the bench.

While Denver has bigger problems in that the Nuggets still need a general manager to pull the string on this deal as well as the Anthony situation, Smith appears to be available.

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: August 23, 2010 7:27 pm

Report: Nuggets looking to trade J.R. Smith

Are u stupid Jr Smith is everything but a ball-hog.

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: August 23, 2010 3:41 pm

Report: Nuggets looking to trade J.R. Smith

Mabye a return to New Orleans? Chris Paul would be happy. I could also see the Nets, Warriors, Cavs or Bobcats.

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: August 23, 2010 2:11 pm

Report: Nuggets looking to trade J.R. Smith

I was really never a big fan of JR Smith, but his impact can be denied he is a difference maker. More of an X factor who sometimes takes bad shots, but I doubt very seriously that he's doing that without George Karl giving him the green light.

#1- I wish the Bulls would have kept him.
#2- If  I'm a Lakers fan I like the idea of him leaving Denver.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2010 7:58 am

Report: Nuggets looking to trade J.R. Smith

Ladies, find a better spark off the bench for a team... Your talking about the 6th man runner up for the NBA like he's an issue... Seriously, who isn't a ball hog on that team anyway... Smith is a game changer and has done so more times than not. Everyone with any talent is going to want to be known... He's going to play for him, knowing there was already talks in the wind for trade for the past couple years... And I do not see Lawson as the next great point guard either. But when Anthony goes to NY you can replace him with the Bird Man because CA was a ball hog too ah?

Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2010 6:20 am

Report: Nuggets looking to trade J.R. Smith

get rid of the guy. there is also no room for him with a rotation of lawson, billups, and afflalo. trade for some size nuggs

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: August 23, 2010 12:56 am

Report: Nuggets looking to trade J.R. Smith

who cares about jr smith, he's just an overrated ball-hog that jacks up useless three pointers dand drives drunk like a retard

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