One of the most athletic players in the NBA, J.R. Smith found himself ousted from Denver after last season and is now a free agent looking for a new home.
Smith lived for the highlight reel, sprinting down the court for the fast break where he never disappointed the crowd. From windmills to 360s, vicious tomahawks to monster two-handed dunks and everything in between, Smith's imagination ran endless when nothing stood between him and the rim. You see the video.
Unfortunately, he began focusing too much on that aspect of the game rather than winning—playing for highlight reel moments rather than the team's overall success. And for that, J.R. Smith is now looking for a a new team.
Some ideas that cross my mind are Chicago, where he would be a second scoring option to Derrick Rose; New Jersey, where Deron Williams would monitor his touches and possibly be lulled into staying with the franchise; or maybe even Cleveland where he, Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams could form the league's next Big Three.
Wherever he may end up, J.R. Smith might be an off-court liability, but his production on the offensive end of the ball is something that no point-deficient team should pass up on.