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J.R. Smith to the Knicks

Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:01 am
Edited on: February 17, 2012 10:16 am
J.R. Smith will join the Knicks and Linsanity. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

The long, enduring process of bringing J.R. Smith to the Knicks has ended. Smith announced on Twitter Friday he'd chosen the New York Knicks.

After reports indicated earlier this week that Smith's decision was down to the Knicks or Clippers, and then that the Knicks had taken the upper hand, reports Friday indicated that the decision has been made. The New York Post reported that Smith would sign Friday with the Knicks, and will be in uniform Sunday when Linsanity faces another tough test against the Dallas Mavericks in Madison Square Garden. 

Smith confirmed to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld Thursday that he was close to a deal with the Knicks, though he did not confirm it was done. Meanwhile, the Oregonian reports of the insane lengths both the Clippers and Knicks are going through to try and sign Smith, including sending a representative to meet Smith when he got off the plane. From the Oregonian: 
Things got so interesting Thursday that Smith hopped a plane from China to LAX, arriving at the airport in the late afternoon, where he was intercepted, his camp said, by a representative for the Knicks. Smith was apparently headed later in the evening to Las Vegas, and according to a source in Smith's family, the Knicks bought a ticket for their guy and sent him along, too.

New York apparently hoped to sign Smith as he cleared Customs, and I can't say I blame them after what I heard Del Negro promised Smith.

Get this: Smith was told via text message from Del Negro, in what feels like a desperate, last-ditch effort, that he'd be -- a starter -- for the Clippers.

Start? Smith? Really?

"What I text to J.R. is between J.R. and me," Del Negro said. "We're just trying to make our team better. I think everyone on our team understands that."
via Canzano: Fight for J.R. Smith offers warnings for Trail Blazers |

So that's a little insane. 

Can we take a second to note that J.R. Smith has been back in the states for less than 12 hours and was headed to Vegas? How can you not love the NBA?

Smith joining the Knicks helps bolster their depth considerably. Being able to play a second lineup of Toney Douglas/Mike Bibby, Iman Shumper, Landry Fields, and a big to pair with Amar'e Stoudemire or Tyson Chandler means the dropoff won't be as big, and the ability to keep a scorer on the floor with Melo or, ahem, Jeremy Lin on the bench helps considerably in the backcourt.

It also means the Clippers will have to go elsewhere to try and recover their scoring lost when Chauncey Billups tore his Achilles.

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:03 pm

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

Thug Life

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:01 pm

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

8th in league in defence efficiency    id say the team is playing D well   its the offense that has just started clicking    &nb
sp;  lets hope it gets even better with Melo coming back sunday     
;      pick and roll all day with these guys and chandler back rebounding and hopefully shot blocking    fields and shump doing the dirty work of   rebounds  steals  etc 

Since: Nov 20, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:50 pm

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

I would have thought he would have been a better fit at the Clippers, but oh well. Obviously Melo being there was a major factor for him hey? Will be interesting to see how this pans out. whats the odds for dummy spits? Over/Under 3.5 in the first month?

Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:20 pm

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

Because you look at the team and you know it's not a championship contender yet because we need to add depth in the roster that's why. 

Why mess this up?  not to take away from anything that Jeremy Lin has done for us so far, but we haven't played the elite teams yet.  If we can do the same thing against the Heat, Thunder, Spurs, Bulls, Clippers, etc. then maybe you have a point.

it's not messing anything up, it's called making improvements.

Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:13 pm

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

Bad move, team is on fire and you bring this pre maddona in the locker room?  You have enough offense with Amare and Melo why do you need to mess up this team?  You got Shump and Fields that can play the 2 why mess this up.....

Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:11 pm

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

Tashay75, i was just thinking, it would be nice if somehow the bulls landed Stephen Jackson at the very least no?

Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:44 pm

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

I would have sent Mike Bibby packing instead of Balkman.
He looks like the walking wounded going up and down the floor.
J.R. Smith is a great pickup at the two or three spot when Landry disappears.
D'Antoni still sucks as a Coach!!!
Hope this team continues to play and understand their offense is predicated
on how well they play consistent team DEFENSE and curtail chucking 3 pters!!


Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:37 pm
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Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:13 pm

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

"I like the signing so who goes packing.  Toney Douglas, Mike Bibby?  Balkman?  Someone has to go"

How about all 3 of them?

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:40 pm

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

Smith is a great pick up ,he's young and could ball,Bibby is washed up.....

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