HoopsHype JR Smith + Trade rumors

November 14, 2014 Updates
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One of president Phil Jackson’s big decisions this season is whether to trade J.R. Smith, and the club had recent conversations with the Pacers regarding ex-Knick Chris Copeland, according to a league source. The 6-foot-9 Copeland, whom the Pacers signed in July 2013, has an expiring contract after bolting the Knicks for a two-year, $6 million deal, so he wouldn’t affect their 2015 cap space. New York Post

July 20, 2014 Updates

Working to clear the logjam in the backcourt, the Knicks are discussing their potential trade options with guards J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Shane Larkin, a league source said Sunday. “They’re working on trying to make a move in the backcourt,” the NBA source familiar with the Knicks’ thinking said. ESPN.com

July 16, 2014 Updates
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There are also holdovers Amare Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani and J.R. Smith, any of whom can be had in a trade for a satchel of magic beans and a wink. Jackson is said to be willing to include Iman Shumpert in any deal that would rid him of his roster baggage. Sporting News

February 18, 2014 Updates
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In no time, Smith has played his way from Sixth Man of the Year to Invisible Man of the Year. “If Steve Mills can move him,” one Eastern Conference personnel man told me on Wednesday, bringing up the Knicks’ first-time GM, “then that would be one great move. Unless you’re getting him because you’ve had an injury and it’s an emergency and you need a shooting guard, how would you justify taking him on? He has to turn it around on the court, and then even if he does, you still have to deal with all of his B.S. If Steve Mills can move him, he’ll be pulling a fast one on some other team.” New York Daily News

They should have faced the facts and admitted they were not going to ever get a better season out of Smith than what he gave them last season, when they had the necessary support system in their locker room in established veteran players who could control the team’s wild child. Now they’re stuck with what the personnel man called, “a dog.” New York Daily News

January 15, 2014 Updates

Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com last week that the Knicks had become increasingly frustrated with Smith's on- and off-court transgressions and have begun exploring the potential trade market for him, though they realize it will be difficult to move him. Since Smith signed a contract for more than 120 percent of his 2012-13 salary and the Knicks are over the salary cap, Wednesday was the first day he was eligible to be traded, due to a rule in the collective bargaining agreement. Woodson was asked about the possibility that Smith could be traded during his interview on Wednesday with Smith and Ruocco. ESPN.com

It is unclear if Smith will play in Thursday’s nationally televised game against the Pacers in Indiana. After Tuesday’s game Smith continued to say he’s not sure if his future is in New York. Smith, the NBA’s 6th man of the year in 2013-13, signed a 3-year, $18 million deal with the club last July and became eligible to be traded on Wednesday. The Knicks have explored trading the veteran shooting guard, but his contract and the fact that he’s coming off knee surgery make it difficult for them to complete a transaction. New York Daily News

Wednesday is the first day Smith can be traded under a quirk in the NBA bylaws for 2013 free agents, but a despondent Smith had his bags packed for Indiana and flew with the club. His future, however, is in question as a viable member of the team after being benched for the second time in four games. Smith, who ticked off the organization and the NBA for untying the sneakers of the Mavericks’ Shawn Marion and allegedly attempting the same trick against the Pistons’ Greg Monroe the next game, said he had no idea what the latest benching was about, saying there was no new incident to inflame the situation. New York Post

January 12, 2014 Updates

So George Karl went on New York radio last week to find a way to save his former player's career, and his idea was to get Smith to the Spurs as quickly as possible. “I think right now that's the position, if I was J.R.'s agent (I would take),” Karl said. A Spurs staffer laughed at that Saturday and thanked Karl with considerable sarcasm. Does Karl have any other terrific ideas such as, oh, bringing back Dennis Rodman to work in marketing? But a New York writer seconded Karl's suggestion, because that's the perception of Gregg Popovich around the league. San Antonio Express-News

January 10, 2014 Updates

A source said Dolan was disappointed at J.R. Smith’s “betrayal’’ instragram after shelling out — including luxury tax penalties — $2.1 million for Chris Smith, whom most scouts believe is a D-League talent. Most people who cross Dolan never get back in his good graces, but it’s unclear if this constitutes irreparable damage. Smith said after the Miami game he’s unsure of his future with the franchise as the club can trade him starting Wednesday under a quirk in the collective bargaining agreement, but his three-year, $19 million pact is very likely untradeable. The Knicks are capable at shooting guard with improving Iman Shumpert and impressive rookie Tim Hardaway Jr., but could need Smith’s potential explosiveness down the road. New York Post

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