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JordansBulls
02-16-2012, 12:16 PM
http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/7580586/source-los-angeles-clippers-new-york-knicks-frontrunners-jr-smith



Free agent swingman J.R. Smith currently lists on his Twitter page the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers as teams he is considering.

However, the Knicks and Clippers appear to be the frontrunners to sign him, according to the source with knowledge of the talks.


Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said Wednesday that he has spoken to Smith recently and that the conversation went "very, very well."

The Knicks remain the presumptive favorites to sign Smith because they can offer him a pro-rated share of their $2.5 million mini-midlevel exception and a player option for a second year. The Clippers, meanwhile, can offer him only the veteran's minimum for the rest of this season.

While Smith would likely make far more than $2.5 million as an unrestricted free agent this summer, the security of that player option for next season could be an important factor in his decision, according to a source.

Smith was due to fly back to the United States from China late Wednesday night. He had been expected to make a decision on Tuesday, according to two league sources, but has yet to choose. Now the process could drag out a bit.

Each day that goes by is lost money for Smith. New York's $2.5 million mid-level exception will be pro-rated by each game missed after Feb. 10. All other contracts are pro-rated from the beginning of the season, meaning the gap between what the Knicks can offer and a pro-rated veteran minimum actually will narrow as time goes on.

Of course, each day that goes by is another day new suitors could emerge, or a team like Indiana -- which currently has the most salary cap room in the league -- could jump ahead of the line and offer more than the Knicks.

Clippers point guard Chris Paul has been actively recruiting Smith, whom he played with on the Hornets for two seasons.

"I think our chances are very high," Paul told ESPN.com's Marc Stein earlier this week. "Who knows J.R. better than me?

"Also, he knows he'll have the opportunity to play here," Paul said. "He can only make us better."


Paul believes the presence of three of Smith's former teammates on the Clippers' roster and the minutes and shots opened up by the season-ending Achilles injury suffered by Chauncey Billups will be strong lures.

Paul -- referring to Kenyon Martin and Billups, both of whom played with Smith in Denver -- told Stein he attributes his optimism to "my relationship with J.R., Kenyon's relationship with him and Chauncey's relationship with him."

The Clippers were interested in Smith even before Billups' injury last week, believing they could use more offensive firepower off the bench. But that was going to be a tougher sell with the Knicks so desperate for shooters to play alongside Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and the fast-emerging Jeremy Lin.

Without Billups, though, L.A. is suddenly offering a larger role that could offset the Knicks' financial edge. The choice could thus come down to where Smith thinks he has the best chance to showcase himself for the rest of the season after signing in China during the lockout.

The challenge for the Clippers is that Smith is also being recruited hard by Anthony, another former Nuggets teammate who, like Smith and Paul, is represented by agent Leon Rose. Smith has been playful about his intentions, frequently responding to fans of the Knicks, Heat, Lakers and Clippers via his Twitter feed in the days leading up to the end of his Chinese season on Wednesday.

USMCLaker
02-16-2012, 12:21 PM
Hello, did you not read the article? They are frontrunners that doesn't mean he has limited his choices beyond what he has already stated.

wizardsfan3
02-16-2012, 12:23 PM
He also mentioned on Twitter that he had a great talk with Coach Brown.

justjames
02-16-2012, 12:30 PM
Teams with point guards. Makes sense.

Iceman05
02-16-2012, 12:33 PM
or the fact that Orlando can offer Smith more money than any of the other teams on that list

hawkeyefootball
02-16-2012, 12:34 PM
I'd love it if he went to the Knicks. That would be hilarious.

uprightciti
02-16-2012, 12:44 PM
whatever team he goes to would be great
dont matter
dont care

oak2455
02-16-2012, 12:48 PM
I'd love it if he went to the Knicks. That would be hilarious.

it would they could win like 20 straight funny right:laugh::laugh::laugh:

theducksmuggler
02-16-2012, 12:49 PM
He seems to be having more fun being a free agent and talking to all these teams then actually playing...I think a suprise team is gonna end up getting him, just my weird thought haha

AKAYaReal
02-16-2012, 12:52 PM
Just hope he makes a choice by the end of the week.

If he chooses the Knicks, cool, if he doesn't cool, make your choice and let the rest of the teams go to plan C.

omdigga
02-16-2012, 12:54 PM
lol... he didnt narrow his list.. it got bigger.. could tell he is enjoying the attention..

rwynyc
02-16-2012, 01:13 PM
Man **** this guy. We dont need him

Gritz
02-16-2012, 01:13 PM
I love how he's dragging it out, if this was the off season nobody would really care

Cfrey
02-16-2012, 01:16 PM
anyone have any information about him and the wolves...?

we can offer the 5 mil mle and he would be our starting SG.. he gets to play with a great first pass PG and a superstar in Kevin Love and he will get heavy minutes..

plus someone posted an article on the wolves forum about him being interested in MN but we weren't interested in him..? which befuddles me but any info?

Captain Moroni
02-16-2012, 01:25 PM
Before Lin, It made sense for the Knicks to go after him. With baron Davis back after the Allstar Break, and Iman Shumpert now flourishing at the 2, I dont know if there are minutes for JR Smith in new York. Who sits? Novak?
Bibby is Gone when Davis gets here, Davis and Lin will share PG duties. Shumpert and Fields will share the 2, Melo, Fields Walker the three, Chandler, Amare, Jefferies, Jorts will all play. Smith is an upgrade as a shooter to Landry/Shump, but the Knicks Defense has been very good. Why mess with it, we have plenty of scoring options with Lin, Melo, Stat,Baron, Fields, Shump, Tyson, Novak and Walker

LAKobeBryant
02-16-2012, 01:26 PM
its NYK, LAC or LAL

justjames
02-16-2012, 01:44 PM
I think he goes to the Clips. They are in dire need of a someone to jack up threes on fast breaks now that Billups is done.

Ill21
02-16-2012, 01:59 PM
Frank Isola @FisolaNYDN
Knicks closing in on a deal for JR Smith, Daily News has learned. Need to cut a player. Two weeks earlier and it could have been Jeremy Lin

KB-Pau-DH2012
02-16-2012, 01:59 PM
This is the NBA era of being cute and cuddly. Bosh and LeBron started this movement 2 yrs ago, and it's going to continue to happen. JR Smith is going to join his friends and sign with the Clippers.

nycericanguy
02-16-2012, 02:01 PM
Frank Isola @FisolaNYDN
Knicks closing in on a deal for JR Smith, Daily News has learned. Need to cut a player. Two weeks earlier and it could have been Jeremy Lin

THE MTL
02-16-2012, 02:03 PM
It might create a logjam for the Knicks now iono.

PG- Lin/Davis
SG- Fields/Shumpert/Smith?
SF- Melo/Novak
PF- Amare/Jeffries
C- Chandler/Jorts

Not a bad problem to have though

meloman1592
02-16-2012, 02:04 PM
This is the NBA era of being cute and cuddly. Bosh and LeBron started this movement 2 yrs ago, and it's going to continue to happen. JR Smith is going to join his friends and sign with the Clippers.

Sour laker fan? He's a better fit with the clips even though i want him on my knicks

nycericanguy
02-16-2012, 02:05 PM
Knicks looking like one of the deepest teams in the NBA now... who would've have thought that last month?

They can legitimately go 11 deep now.

shep33
02-16-2012, 02:08 PM
This guy is pretty annoying. Just pick a team lol. He has been messing with fans for a month now via twitter.

shep33
02-16-2012, 02:09 PM
Jr to the Knicks makes sense. Clips too, but the Knicks can use his scoring off that weak bench.

KB-Pau-DH2012
02-16-2012, 02:09 PM
Sour laker fan? He's a better fit with the clips even though i want him on my knicks

Whatever, Knicks got him. I forgot that besides the "friends issue", there's also the $ issue. ;)

Punk
02-16-2012, 02:11 PM
I'm more concerned with keeping him next season. He has to be a key piece to our team's future.

Adding JR makes us extremely deep at every position now. If he ends up starting, we would have the best offensive starting 5 in the league next to Miami.

Beltrans Mole
02-16-2012, 02:14 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/ny-knicks-closing-deal-add-free-agent-shooting-guard-smith-article-1.1023816

shep33
02-16-2012, 02:19 PM
Looks like it's the Knicks. Good pick up Knicks fans.

meloman1592
02-16-2012, 02:19 PM
Lin
Smith
Melo
Amare
Chandler

Lin is gonna average 10-12 assist for the season

nycericanguy
02-16-2012, 02:19 PM
Knicks have all the pieces now... if they can make it work. Deep at every position.

I doubt Smith starts over Fields ^

Fields has great chemistry with Lin, and you don't want Melo, Smith & Amare all starting. Need that scoring off the bench.

UPRock
02-16-2012, 02:28 PM
He's going to the Clippers, they need a SG and reading his tweets looks like they're the favorites. Quick question here, what happened to Aaron Brooks? He used to be good and really didn't have a chance last year in Phoenix.

ZHawk1123
02-16-2012, 02:34 PM
Clippers make a ton of sense...

CP3 - Mo Williams
JR Smith - Randy Foye
Caron Butler - Ryan Gomes
Blake Griffin - Kenyon Martin
DeAndre Jordan - Solomon Jones

Would add another ridiculous dunker to Lob City.

Thats a VERY solid squad.

Kobe4Life
02-16-2012, 02:38 PM
Good pickup for the Knicks - sucks we needed someone to come off the bench for a spark

Cfrey
02-16-2012, 02:38 PM
You know whats sad..?

When you like a player like Lin and you're rooting for him and then the media and annoying fans slowly start to drive your adoration for him away

lvlheaded
02-16-2012, 02:47 PM
He's going to the Clippers, they need a SG and reading his tweets looks like they're the favorites. Quick question here, what happened to Aaron Brooks? He used to be good and really didn't have a chance last year in Phoenix.

I was actually wondering the same thing about Brooks. He seems like he fell off the face of the earth.