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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: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:19 am

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

And you think Randy Foye or Mo Williams should start over JR Smith? Of course he would be a starter for LAC! CP3 is the only decent guard on the roster.

Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:10 am

J.R. Smith to the Knicks


Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:09 am

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

bballernyc77, you DO realize that Gilbert Arenas doesn't HAVE a bad contract, good contract, or any other kind of contract these days. He's collecting a check based on his old contract but since he cleared waivers anyone who signs him won't be liable for a dime of that money. In fact, he could easily sign for the veteran minimum meaning his cap (and luxury tax) hit will be virtually nothing. The Legend of Agent Zero is years past... if getting amnestied didn't do it for him, sitting around while guard after guard goes down due to injury likely drove the point home.

Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:05 am

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

A BabyMelo, with a little more spring in his step. A tattooed gunner, just what Knicks need haha. Shoot first mentality

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:00 am

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

Wow balla whatever your silly name is you really know it all huh? Name us 14 better shooting guards than J.R. Smith. Can't? Then don't post things that you can't prove fool. J.R. brings D and attitude to that team kid. Think before you post.

Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:55 am

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

He is one of the five best pure deep shooters in the league. He will spread the offense for Lin, Stat,  Melo, and thunder Dunks by Chandler.
He is fine. He is a bargain. The Knicks have now made two good moves in the last three weeks. 

Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:51 am

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

well, i hate to break this to you, but there's no way a top fifteen shooting guard in the league would be available right now for 2.5 million.  so yeah, obviously he's not a top 15 shooting guard - obviously the knicks are not claiming he's the solution to all the problems?

uhhhm, yeah he's coming on board exactly because he's the type of role player we need: a back up - he's a great player off the bench who can create his own offense and shoot the ball.

you do realize that the knicks are signing him for that very reason, right?

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:46 am

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

wish there was a *like* button for the comment below mine

Since: Apr 30, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:45 am

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

MSG's seating area just got more dangerous. Right sis?

Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:44 am

J.R. Smith to the Knicks

nope, that's such a bad comparison.

he's signing for 2.5 million.  he's not a star player, he provides great fire off the bench, he won't ball hog when Lin, STAT and Melo are out there, and he played well with Nene in Denver.

He's not a joke like arenas, he doesn't make stupid nicknames for himself, and he doesn't have a bad knee with a horrible contract.  he won't ask for the ball at the end of the game all the time, and he won't want to be the center of attention like arenas.

he knows how to play with a great scorer (melo) and he knows how to play with great point guards (CP3 and big shot).

Just because he's tatted up doesn't mean he's bad.  haven't you learned anything from Jeremy Lin's story?

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