I know teams are desperate for scorers and above average wing defenders, but I just wonder how JR will mesh with a team in the middle of the season after having the green light to shoot 100 times a game over in China.
I have my doubts it will work out, but we should be finding out soon enough, as it appears Smith has narrowed down his list to two teams.
The Knicks and Clippers appear to be the frontrunners to sign him, according to the source with knowledge of the talks.
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.
No word if JR Smith’s sister Baby Precious is involved in the negotiations.