|Smith is said to be interested in five teams including the Knicks and Clippers. (Getty Images)|
J.R. Smith is available to return soon from China where his sister has been trying to fight everyone. The Knicks are said to be a major contender for Smith, but according to SNY.tv, Smith is considering five teams -- the Knicks, Clippers, Lakers, Thunder and Bulls.
It sounds like so far, only two of those are considering him back as the L.A. Times reports the Clippers are interested in Smith.
The Clippers, still not done dealing after signing Kenyon Martin on Friday, will pursue guard J.R. Smith after the team he plays on in the Chinese Basketball Assn. finishes its season and he becomes eligible to play in the NBA, said a person not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.One advantage the Knicks have over the Clippers is that New York can offer the pro-rated $2.5 mini-mid-level exception, while the Clippers can just give a pro-rated veteran's minimum deal. Plus, with the Knicks he could potentially move immediately into their starting five while with the Clippers he'd be battling Chauncey Billups, Randy Foye and Mo Williams for playing time.
The Clippers aren't getting enough production off the bench behind small forward Caron Butler and feel as if Smith can provide the team with a big scoring punch at the position, the person said.
So it seems to me that the Knicks might be the most logical place for him. Still, the Bulls reportedly coveted him before the lockout and were interested in his instant offense style of play to add some punch to their bench. Smith is likely going to want to sign with a playoff contender and will have some options ahead.