NBA Rumors: Ranking the Likely Destinations for J.R. Smith

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NBA Rumors: Ranking the Likely Destinations for J.R. Smith
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Former Denver Nugget J.R. Smith is returning to America and hitting the NBA free-agent market at the perfect time.

Multiple NBA teams are in search of an upgrade at shooting guard to make a second-half run this season. According to ESPN LA, the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks have been reportedly in discussion with Smith already, but it seems talks are still up in the air.

According to Smith’s Twitter description, there are six teams in the mix for his services. All of the teams are in the playoff hunt and can provide significant playing time at the 2 spot.

Smith had signed a 3 million dollar deal with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in China, but he was not allowed to return to the NBA until the Chinese season had ended.

His off-the-court troubles had also followed him overseas to China. The Zhejiang GM accused him of faking an injury and his sister got in several fights with Chinese fans in the stands. His reputation off the court has been an issue in the past, including a feud with Head Coach George Karl in Denver.

He did get some good practice in Zhejiang, leading the entire Chinese league with 34.5 points per game, according to Asia-Basket including a 52 point and 22 rebound outburst in December that went viral. 

Here are the six suitors for J.R. Smith’s services and how they rank in order of the best fit.

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