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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 7, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 8:43 pm
 

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

J.R. is only happy when he can shoot the ball every time down the floor.  He does spell team with an i
 



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 8:39 pm
 

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

Go to Orlando plz!!



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2012 7:44 pm
 

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

Another guy with talent who really needs a strong coach. He has the ability to be a difference maker. If he is only going to sign a contract for remainder of the year, he could make a difference on Orlando, get into the playoffs and show case his talent for next year.

Long term deals I could see him being a great fit for the Clips and the Knicks who both need help at the two. The best place for him would be Chicago because they have a no nonsense coach who could bring this "wild" guy under control.



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2012 7:40 pm
 

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

no dummy thats i sign meaning he just made a 3 point shot. good try but noooooo. 



Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 7:02 pm
 

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

Is he making gang symbols in the picture..... No wonder he's not liked.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 6:55 pm
 

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

Who?



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 6:29 pm
 

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

Major international headlines....lmao.


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