5 NBA Teams That Would Be Best Potential Fit for J.R. Smith Trade

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5 NBA Teams That Would Be Best Potential Fit for J.R. Smith Trade
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks were cool with J.R. Smith's myriad drug, legal and social media screwups.

Apparently, they've drawn the line at untying opponents' shoes.

Per Marc Stein and Ian Begley of ESPN, the Knicks are finally fed up with Smith's behavior and are seeking suckers trade partners for their 28-year-old footwear sabotage artist: "While they acknowledge that a trade may be difficult to pull off, the New York Knicks in recent days began exploring the potential market for guard J.R. Smith."

As the foregoing snippet proves, you can't start any discussion about trading Smith without first mentioning how insanely difficult such an undertaking will be. Thanks to the Knicks' stupidity/generosity, Smith is in the first season of a brand new three-year, $18 million deal.

He's also shooting a career-low 34.8 percent from the field and has stopped trying to get to the foul line. He has had some success in firing off ill-advised shots at critical times, though. So there's that.

As you can imagine, there's not a line forming of NBA teams in search of a historically uncontrollable, overpaid, disengaged shooting guard who can't shoot.

Still, there's hope for everyone—implausible as that may sound for a cause so seemingly lost as Smith.

Here's a rundown of potential landing spots on the off chance that New York can find a taker.


Note: Smith cannot be traded before Jan. 15, per Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.

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