Amid multiple reports that the Knicks are shopping J.R. Smith, the reaction among rival executives is predictable.
“Is it April Fool’s Day?” one rival executive asked SNY.tv.
The executive added that “everybody” has heard the Knicks want to deal Smith.
“Of course [they want to trade him], but only an idiot would take him. Can Steve Mills trade him to himself?”
“I hear Shanghai has a spot,” one rival GM told Ken Berger of CBSSports.com about a potential Smith trade.
Both ESPN.com and CBSSports.com reported that the Knicks have been shopping the beleaguered Smith for a couple of weeks — and that was before he was fined $50,000 by the NBA Wednesday for his shoelace incidents with Greg Monroe of the Pistons and Shawn Marion of the Mavericks.
Smith took to Twitter later Thursday to apologize and hinted he might “sign off” Twitter for good: “Huge apologies to my team, to the league an most of all you the fans!
Speaking Wednesday on ESPN radio in New York, Knicks coach Mike Woodson sounded fed up with Smith’s antics.
“It’s unprofessional about how he’s approached this whole thing,” Woodson said. “Something’s gotta be done. It has to stop. I’ll address it [Thursday] when I see him, and then we’ll go from there.”
Asked what might happen if it doesn’t stop, Woodson said: “I don’t know what [the recourse] is going to be at this point, but it’s got to stop.”
Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.