Report: Knicks, Guard J.R. Smith ‘Closing In’ On Deal

NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Knicks may soon be adding a player to their boosted backcourt.

According to the New York Daily News, the Knicks are close to signing free agent shooting guard J.R. Smith.

Smith, a first-round draft pick in 2004, would likely receive the team’s $2.5 million cap exception, the Daily News reported.

The Knicks would need to free up a roster spot if they sign Smith.

Unbelievably, the Daily News said Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin “would have been the most likely candidate” to be released had he not been given a chance to ignite the team nearly two weeks ago.

Over seven seasons, Smith has averaged 12.5 points per game on 42.8 percent shooting. The 26-year-old recently returned from China, where he had been playing without an NBA opt-out clause since the lockout.

The Knicks have won seven games in a row behind Lin since Feb. 4.

Do you think Smith would be a good pick up for the Knicks? Sound off below…

  • Stephen

    Not at this juncture; we’re just trying to get the current line-up laid flat. Then there’s the Carmelo “X” factor (which one will show up, etc). Let’s get everyone well first (including Toney Douglas and Baron Davis). “Hey Toney, this is your cousin here.” No room for another “bad boy.”

  • victor

    they shouldnt mess with the current team right now as everyone is really com ing together. im sure the knicks mngmt will sign him and screw up the locker room togetherness that has built over this last 2 weeks.

  • Genetic

    I don’t think he’ll really fit in with this Team concept and not be a disruption.

    We’ll see.

  • Joe

    no not this guys… wait for wilson chandler to become available!

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