NBA Exec: ‘Can Steve Mills trade J.R. Smith to himself?’

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

J.R. Smith

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! #JRSmithSigningOff

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.




113 comments
tifoso6
tifoso6

Eric Bledsoe is out with a knee injury.   Would the Suns consider Smith?

beatseven
beatseven

I am so sick and tired of hearing Mike Woodson talk about how mad he is at JR Smith...how unprofessional JR Smith is...how JR Smith needs to grow up...enough already Woody, it's put up or shut up time. Make this knucklehead dress for the games and then keep him on the end of the bench and not play him. What better time then now, while they're already shorthanded due to injury and illness. Make this idiot realize how his stupidity is taxing his teammates, wasting fan money, and greatly contributing to team losses. 

p0is0nedkoola
p0is0nedkoola

I said it from day one that the Knicks season last year was part fluke & part Jason Kidd's leadership. While we can all agree that Kidd isn't doing as well as a coach, the guy WAS a leader as a player. 


Melo is a shoot first, poor me, I'm not getting back on D player who scores well.

JR Smith is the same , just not as proficient a scorer. 

Woodson is a coach who does one thing & that is pander to the the stars of his team. 

Solid defense coach ,but just lazy.


Blow up this team please!

Keep Iman, Hardaway Jr, drop the rest

lindro88
lindro88

This is exactly why the Knicks should have let JR walk away after last season. It's not a case of hindsight, I posted the same thing over and over during the offseason. I never thought he'd play this poorly or become this big of a distraction, but every time I read a post explaining that the $ they gave JR couldn't be used on anyone else, my answer was who cares? The Knicks weren't obligated to give him 3 years. Especially considering he didn't have one other offer (at least that was written about). JR had a career year. He won 6th man of the year, yet still couldn't find any other offers better than the one the Knicks could afford. A 28 year old player coming off that kind of season should have been able to get a bigger deal than Landry Fields got. Now we all see why teams stayed away. Maybe JR has some pride, and reading all of the comments from other teams execs will provide some kind of wake up call. I'm not holding my breath.

Pete Pirone
Pete Pirone

Has his value fallen this far? I get that he's a bone head and that his attitude has been poor all season, but he was the sixth man of the year last year. He showed a lot of talent last year. I'm not defending JR whatsoever. But there has to be some idiot coach out there that feels like they could "reel in JR" and turn him around (insert Woodson joke here.) I call it the Victor Zambrano complex (NY analogy.)


In all truth, Woodson needs to just bite the bullet and sit him. If we've learned anything about JR, it's that the way to really piss him off is to limit his minutes. He wants to be a jerk? Don't suspend him and let him sit at his apartment smoking weed and going to parties... Make him come to work and sit at the end of the bench. Sooner or later he'll change his attitude. 

Brostoevsky
Brostoevsky

He isn't going anywhere. Yes, he has been awful this year, but I'd just give THjr his minutes versus entering into a terrible trade (and I'm worried about taking on a bad contract here) just for the sake of getting him out of New York.

Knicks can't afford to worsen their contract situation vs where it is now. Desperation trades tend to have that effect.

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

This is the right move. The problem is, who wants JR? Personally, I would trade JR for a pair of NBA socks and a voucher for a hot dog at the concession stand, but I don't think those salaries match up. In all seriousness, I'm glad the Knicks are finally realizing that this guy is becoming a cancer to this team. Even if they don't end up trading him, it seems that they are falling out of favor with him, so we should see more playing time for Shumpert, Hardaway, even Murray. At least I hope we see that.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

jr isnt going anywhere, no use in coming up with scenarios. However, the big question will be is if Woody actually punishes him with taking away his playing time. My guess is Jr will be making dumb decisions, taking poor shots, in crunch time of the 4th quarter

C0P0
C0P0

Rodman forget to take Jr to North Korea. (and leave him)

Hey! Ya' missed one!

zippo
zippo

its just who jr is lol you cant change him we knew what we were getting I mean if jr had his head on straight like he was normal and stuff he would be an nba allstar demanding 10 12 15 mil not 6 mil

Anti_u
Anti_u

We now have the three worst contracts in the league. SMH.

rico
rico

I suspect JR has not recovered ( at least his confidence) since his injury and surgery.


JR was one of the more explosive and athletic scorers in the league (hence the 6th man award and the $$) but has anyone seen him JUMP this season or take it to the rim, go above the rim, leave his feet? NO!


I don't know if it's psychological or physiological  or maybe  JR got his $ and doesn't give a damn, or all of these reasons?


Everybody is waiting for him to find his groove. I'm waiting to see him jump.



barnaby87
barnaby87

OKC has interest in him; read in a few places.  If they can control him, he could be a good piece for them.  JR for Sefolosha and a young player (maybe Perry Jones) works with the cap.  Sefolosha comes off the books at the end of the year.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Interesting....Miami Heat..2nd oldest team in the NBA. Obviously the guys in Kings county are #1...is that right?

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Seriously, why is Kidd a head coach?  Now the assistant is drawing up the defensive set-up as well.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Hilarious. 28 seconds and the assistant is drawing up the play while Kidd watches. What a joke.

CL4nyk
CL4nyk

Of course this would be the reaction right after he got fined 50k. This "GM reaction" is hyperbolic. There are worse contracts than JR Smith, and the Knicks have 2 of them.

bigdishing
bigdishing

I guess we only have two choices: trade him or play him 30+ a game. 

L-Switch
L-Switch

I read OKC may be interested in a swap that includes Sefolosha,Collison and a draft pick(probably second round I assume) for JR Smith. Soo much for Smith having no value around the NBA. That may not seem lke a good deal for the Knicks because it's not a headliner deal but it's something.  The source is Bleacher Report so....

ChildsPunchedKobe
ChildsPunchedKobe

Start by looking for a team that literally has not one starting SG. or has a serious problem scoring. Move from there. But something tells me this could (and the could is hanging by a thread) be something that wakes him up. 

knicks1996
knicks1996

all we need to do is bench him and push him hard he will find a way to mess up and we can suspend him, he should be in the dog house at the end of the bench 

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

Woody needs to put his foot down with JR. Take his mins away. JR has not earned playing 30+ mins a game anyways. Maybe this will help him regain focus. All this talk about trading JR is silly. The way he's played thus far, he has 0 trade value. 

knickster
knickster

JR plus our 2018 pick for Marcus Camby!!!!!

Brad Jerris
Brad Jerris

Did u guys read the article, he is pretty much untradeable. He is having a horrible year, which is more like his average year statistically besides last year. His shooting percentage sux, he is scoring in the low teens, he doesn't play smart at times, he is coming off knee surgery, has stated his knee has bothered him at times, he's coming off a smoking weed suspension, and now this stupidity with untying shoe laces.

Yeah every team is going to be lining up for this guy. Young teams are going to be so excited to bring this guy in.

Would be nice if Woodson disciplines his players- you don't play smart, you dont play team ball, and you untie shoe laces- you sit on the bench unless the team is desperate for a body. Give his minutes to Shumpert, Hardaway, and Murry who is really a SG playing PG.

p0is0nedkoola
p0is0nedkoola

@ReneNYK1 why the FLUCK would OKC want JR Smith? Do you know their level of standards for that franchise? It's why they are so successful. They don't deal w/idiots & JR Smith is king moron.

joeknix
joeknix

@moneyball Seriously?  After being suspended AGAIN for drug use to start the season, getting surgery postponed until AFTER his contract ink dried, working a deal to get his brother on the roster, AND the biggest issue is that he is shooting at .394 FG% and .288 3PT%.  This stuff about untying shoes is just another example of his head not being screwed on right.  There is no way anyone is going to take him right now but Woody has to play the hot hand and stop playing favorites with anyone outside of Melo, Chandler, and maybe Shumpert.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@moneyball 

JR is only a 13.1 ppg scorer and likely had a career year last season. With the loss of the shooters to space the floor, the Knicks offense has dropped to 19th in the league. So while JR will likely rebound a bit, expecting last year's JR is unrealistic.

darealeric
darealeric

Um no we don't need him. Still amazes me clowns that support this idiot.

darealeric
darealeric

It's only a "desperation trade" if anyone in the NBA actually believes that this idiot will ever grow up. Since 99.9% DON'T, any chance to get rid of this moron should be welcomed. Have you ever heard the phrase "detriment to the team"???

Max Denby
Max Denby

Lol. Dude they are not trading him. They are firing a warning shot. Letting him know he is not untouchable.

HypoCrit_calNYKfans
HypoCrit_calNYKfans

@Seth Nadler 

If a player who brought "guns to the arena and to his teams locker room" who at the time was making "20 million dollars a season" can be traded "ANYONE CAN BE TRADED!"

brookdon
brookdon

I would say Amare, Brook Lopez, and Eric Gordon are the worst.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Kojo Brown JR plays for himself. If he had any smarts at all, he'd realize that the patience and guidance the coach gave him last year led to have the best year of his career.

JR's just a spoiled brat who played his ss off in a contract year and everything came together for him to play some great ball.

As it appears, those days are long gonel.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@Kojo Brown Glad you know exactly what's going on in JR's head and in the locker room.  Are you a fly on the wall?

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@bigdishing Thing is.  That might be the only choice cause JR might be a malcontent if he doesn't play 30 minutes a game.  EVeryone is giving Woodson a hard time for not disciplining him but that never worked for Karl in Denver.  JR just might not be salvageable and trading him might be the only way to send him a message to grow up.  

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

Sefolosha & Collison? No way OKC gives up those 2 for JR!

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@L-Switch There is no way that is true.  If so, we should pull the trigger now.  Collison is a great back up for Chandler.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@L-Switch You know that's fake because Mills would be certifiable stupid not to make that trade now.

rico
rico

@Brad Jerris that untradable  stuff is fiction.  As much as a team is down on a player there's always another team that wants to unload their unwanteds. Plus as much as he is sucking this year remember there are plenty of teams who he murdered last year.


I think he's tradable, you can't make these trades on blog-sites



lindro88
lindro88

Now that the word trade has surfaced, prepare for plenty of idiotic posts. JR to OKC. Lol. Maybe the Spurs are interested to

lindro88
lindro88

He actually is untouchable. There isn't a team in the league that is looking for a player who is under contract for 3 years and is a complete clown. They couldn't trade him for a 2nd rd pick if they agreed to pay his whole contract.

Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

@Max Denby He's probably not going anywhere. My thing is, if this is really a warning shot, I want to see Woody bench him if he continues to play like crap or does something else that's stupid. I did hear OKC may have some interest though. Scott Brooks handles the headache that is Russell Westbrook pretty well. Maybe he can turn around JR Smith.

fasheezee
fasheezee

@Blaze NYK Yes. And thanks for asking.

knick4life
knick4life

How can he pull the trigger now when JR can't be traded yet?

Max Denby
Max Denby

Kojo, I agree with almost nothing u said there.