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Report: J.R.Smith nearing biggest China deal ever

Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:24 pm
 
By Matt Moore

Let's get right to the heart of the matter regarding J.R. Smith's Chinese prospects. From Yahoo Sports:
Denver Nuggets free-agent guard J.R. Smith(notes) is nearing an agreement on the richest contract in China Basketball Association history, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Under terms of the deal, Smith would make more than $3 million to play the 2011-12 season with Shanxi, but lose his chance at unrestricted free agency prior to the start of the NBA season. Smith, who turns 26 Friday, has averaged 12.5 points per game in his seven-year NBA career.
via Smith nears deal to play in China - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

Smith would be the second Nugget free agent to sign in China following Wilson Chandler. It also makes a pretty good amount of sense considering Smith's outlook. This expands his popularity, makes him quite a bit of money, and keeps him in the lifestyle he's becom accustomed to. 

There is, of course, the talk of how the CBA (Chinese Basketball Association, not the Collective Bargaining Agreement; yes, that's right, Smith is signing with the CBA because there isn't a CBA) passed a rule which prohibits teams from granting an NBA opt-out clause in contracts. The rule was made to avoid the CBA looking like a player's backup option, only to be tossed aside when the season starts. The overwhelming popularity this could bring the CBA is of course overlooked, because it's an ideological position, one which should have no place in business. (Hey, kind of like the arguments on both sides of the lockout!)

But there are those who think that the Chinese teams will get around this simply by having an under the table agreement to release the player in the event of a lockout resolution. Consider this. The CBA season begins on November 20th and runs through March. If the NBA started in January as many have predicted or February as was the case in the 1999 lockout, Smith would have made up to $1.5 million for two to three months of work, then get "released" for whatever reason the team wants to invent, at which point Smith signs his new lucrative free agency contract, including a prorated amount for the lockout. 

Pretty savvy for Mr. Smith. We'll see if he signs, and if he does, if he stays.  If he does stay, there will be disappointed Nuggets and Bulls fans, both who want Smith on roster next season. 
Comments

Since: Mar 4, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Report: J.R.Smith nearing biggest China deal ever

Damn, ya'll some haters.  That man has the option to make $1.5 Million in China and still sign a NBA contract for the short season.  And ya'll have the nerve to criticize that.  Envy and Jealousy will get you nowhere.  Congrats J.R. and God Bless



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 8:37 am
 

Report: J.R.Smith nearing biggest China deal ever

and racism is ramant there... good luck

You are right, it is there..

.J.R. Thug can take his hoodie and gang signals with him all the way to China if he wants. Adios muchacha!

And it is here too... I'd say the racism thing won't be as much as an issue... maybe somethings will be different, media, and stuff, and possibly the fact that he might actually have to play under guidelines (stricter then David Sterns who is arguably up there with Selig as worst commisioner of major sports) and maybe he learns respect there... maybe not, but he is doing whats best for him which isn't a bad thing in this situation.





Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:16 am
 

Report: J.R.Smith nearing biggest China deal ever

He gets a CHANCE to be "the man" each time he takes the floor, no matter who he's playing for.  We'll just have to wait and see with J.R.  He certainsly has the talent to play at a high level for the upcoming season.  Whether or not he did the regimen thus far remains to be seen.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 6:13 pm
 

Report: J.R.Smith nearing biggest China deal ever

So a gesture for a 3 pointer is now "throwing signs"?  Sheesh...
Each time there is an NBA article...these racist pieces of crap show up here and make the same ol stupid comments about gangs and thugs etc.... I guess that's what the un educated and un informed do, make up things based on there opinions soley, and have little to nothing to do with facts....


On the other hand, this is probably the only time JR Smith will ever be a star, or the man....then again he will probably do the same thing in China as the NBA , play well like 1 game out of 10..and throw 100's of 3 shots that he will surely miss.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Report: J.R.Smith nearing biggest China deal ever

So a gesture for a 3 pointer is now "throwing signs"?  Sheesh...



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Report: J.R.Smith nearing biggest China deal ever

J.R. Thug can take his hoodie and gang signals with him all the way to China if he wants. Adios muchacha!



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Report: J.R.Smith nearing biggest China deal ever

Just another thug throwing signs...Thats gonna work in china....God should have gone to class..dumb ass..


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Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:54 pm
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:50 pm
 

Report: J.R.Smith nearing biggest China deal ever

Disappointed Nuggets fans? Are you serious Matt Moore?
Have you been to Denver lately? Have you asked fans around town?
Because living here I get the sense that nobody in Denver would actually give a crap if/when JR leaves.
And he can take that overpaid, injury prone Kenyon Martin with him.

The only one of the soon to be leaving players, Denver fans want to stay is Nene.
But it won't matter. The only thing that can save the Nuggets this year is a full season strike, because trying to win games with only Ty Lawson and Aaron Afflalo as your 'stars' just won't cut it.


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