A source who has been familiar with the J.R. Smith free agent situation has confirmed a Daily News report that a contract to bring the shooting guard to the Big Apple is “about done.”
Smith’s agent, Leon Rose, met with Garden Chairman James Dolanfollowing Wednesday’s Knicks’ win over Sacramento to finalize a contract. It is believed that Smith, who has also attracted the interest of the Clippers, will receive the Knicks’ $2.5 million exception. Rose also represents Anthony, who has lobbied the club to add Smith, an explosive scorer who can also be erratic at times. He has averaged 12.5 points per game over seven NBA seasons.
TKB was the first to report the Knicks interest in Smith, but those familiar with the situation told me that the organization become concerned about Smith’s sometimes polarizing behavior and its possible impact on the Knicks growing chemistry.
Smith is represented by Carmelo Anthony’s agency CAA.
No deal has been finalized but I’m told expect an announcement soon.
The Knicks are currently 25th in the NBA in 3-point shooting, while Smith is shot 39% for Denver last year and is 37% for his career.