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J.R. Smith to return to USA from China this week

Posted on: February 11, 2012 5:46 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 2:12 pm
 
J. R. Smith expects to return from China this week. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver

Get ready, America, he's about to be our problem again.

Former Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith, now an unrestricted free agent, said this weekend that he will return to the United States, after playing in the Chinese Basketball Association during the NBA lockout, on Wednesday.

Smith announced the news on his @TheRealJRSmith Twitter account: "Ladies [and] Gentleman I am happy to tell you my return to the United States is [official]! I will be home [February] 15, 2012! #Hyped!"

An explosive scorer and fearless shot-taker, Smith, 26, 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 last season. 

Smith signed to play for the Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones during the lockout, inking a 1-year deal worth a reported $3 million back in September. The contract did not include an NBA opt-out, meaning Smith was stuck with Zhejiang until their season ended.

According to Asia-Basket.com, Smith is averaging 35.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists for Zhejiang this season. Smith's scoring average was tops in the CBA this season but multiple incidents involving his sister and girlfriend getting into altercations with fans at his games became major international headlines.

Sportando.net reported this week that Zhejiang is now mathematically eliminated from playoff contention in the CBA, so all of that is in the past. Had Smith's team qualified for the 3-round playoff format, he could have been stuck in China through the end of March.

Smith's Twitter profile description now includes a list of NBA teams he could sign with: the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers. The Knicks are generally considered the odds-on favorites to land him but he's been linked to a bunch of teams in rumors.

On Friday night, Smith tweeted: "Got a few interesting texts after the NY vs LA game!" The Knicks, thanks to a career-high 38 points from guard Jeremy Lin, defeated the Lakers, 92-85, at Madison Square Garden.

Hat tip: HoopsHype.com
Comments

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2012 4:55 pm
 

J.R. Smith to return to USA from China this week

This guy and his family are all HOODRATS!



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2012 6:21 am
 

J.R. Smith to return to USA from China this week

As a Nuggets fan I'm glad he won't be moving back to Denver.  He's the equivilant of TO in the NBA.  The Knicks would be foolish to sign him now that Lin has surfaced and is playing great.  Lin also seems like a good person, something Smith can only inspire to be!



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2012 4:01 am
 

J.R. Smith to return to USA from China this week

J.R. Smith to return to USA from China this week

Stuck in China? He chose to go there. He signed a contract. That's not stuck. I'd like to get stuck someplace for $3 million. He's just another NBA crybaby coming back to mommy.


 How is he a crybaby? he didn't use the word stuck the writer did. You could get $3million to play somewhere if you had any athletic ability droukis



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2012 1:28 am
 

J.R. Smith to return to USA from China this week

if you do not have vetern leadership and a good coach do not sign this cancer!!!! and for the poster below how well do you know him? because he is a horrible locker room /on court teamate  and how about the bs he did in jersey off the court look up this idiots charges basically donte stallworth jr unreal with these guys!



Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 11:28 pm
 

J.R. Smith to return to USA from China this week

Not gang signs.  If you knew anything about him you would know he puts 3 fingers, two hands when he hits a 3. 



Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 11:13 pm
 

J.R. Smith to return to USA from China this week

The Pacers could really use someone like him to bring a legitimate scoring punch to their bench!



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 10:45 pm
 

J.R. Smith to return to USA from China this week

Make it a 2-for-1 deal in the city when he signs. The signing NBA city gets his sister for their NFL team's linebacking corps.



Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 9:24 pm
 

J.R. Smith to return to USA from China this week

Stuck in China? He chose to go there. He signed a contract. That's not stuck. I'd like to get stuck someplace for $3 million. He's just another NBA crybaby coming back to mommy.



Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 9:23 pm
 

J.R. Smith to return to USA from China this week

To Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks,  PLEASE DON'T SIGN HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2012 9:09 pm
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