Good luck with that. Ian Begley breaks down what the Knicks are thinking.
While they realize it may be difficult to pursue, the New York Knicks have begun to explore the potential trade market for guard J.R. Smith in recent days, ESPN.com has learned.
Sources close to the situation said Wednesday that the organization has become increasingly frustrated with Smith’s on and off-court transgressions and increasingly feel that a fresh start might be best for all parties.
I don’t blame JR Smith for anything, the Knicks knew exactly what type of player and person he was and decided to pay him big money anyway.
They were bidding against themselves and still overpaid. Now, Mike Woodson and the rest of the Knicks brass are starting to regret it.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson hinted at that frustration Wednesday when he called Smith’s conduct “unacceptable” in an interview.
“I’m not happy about this (the shoe untying), because he was warned, he comes back and he makes the same mistake, and it’s not right,” Woodson said. “It’s just got to stop. I keep saying this every time something pops up, but it’s got to stop.”
The coach later added that Smith has been “unprofessional about how he’s approached this whole thing. Something’s gotta be done. It has to stop. I’ll address it tomorrow when I see him, and then we’ll go from there.”
We will see if they can find a sucker to take Smith off their hands.