View Full Version : JR Smith to China

09-14-2011, 11:32 AM
DENVER -- J.R. Smith is the second Denver Nuggets free agent to sign a contract to play in China this season.

By doing so, Smith won't be able to return to play in the NBA if there is a 2011-12 season. Owners have locked out the players in a labor dispute and the Chinese Basketball Association has told players they won't be able to opt out of their deals to return to the NBA.

Smith's agent, Leon Rose, confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the 26-year-old shooting guard signed a one-year contract with Zhejiang because "J.R. really wants to play basketball this season."

Last month, Smith's teammate, Wilson Chandler, signed with the Chinese league.

Smith averaged 12.3 points and 2.2 assists as the Nuggets' sixth man last season.


09-14-2011, 01:21 PM
I'm sure Denver's hoping there's a lockout. Are they supossed to save the money for next year in order to re-sign these guys? One thing could benefit them if they re-sign them though. I'm sure they're market would improve in China. :)

Could that benefit teams, and the league at all? More veiwers overseas.

09-14-2011, 03:44 PM
I'm pretty sure the Nuggets plans all along were to re-sign Nene, Affalo & Chandler only, not JR, not K-Mart.

Affallo and Chandler are restricted, so they will play for the Nuggets again, sooner or later... if the team wants them to.

09-14-2011, 03:46 PM
JR Smith was going to leave anyway along with Kenyon Martin, so this shouldn't really matter to the Nuggets FO at least I would I think that's the case.

09-14-2011, 04:11 PM
Stay healthy JR. :)

09-14-2011, 04:18 PM
Hope that maniac stays over there in china forever

da ThRONe
09-14-2011, 04:47 PM
He'll probably be shooting from Japan. LOL Gotta love JR shot selection.

09-14-2011, 05:35 PM
Jr is going to score 35 a game and become the mvp. Iverson shoulda went to China.

09-14-2011, 06:00 PM
Damn lockout.