The New York Knicks have finally come to their senses and are looking into trading troubled sixth man J.R. Smith.
The only problem with that is no one actually wants him.
Sources close to the situation said Wednesday that the organization has become increasingly frustrated with Smith’s on- and off-court transgressions and may feel a fresh start would be best for all parties….
Due to the nature of his contract, Smith cannot be traded prior to Jan. 15. The Knicks, furthermore, privately acknowledge that it will be difficult in the current climate to trade Smith, who has two seasons left after this one on a three-year, $18 million contract.
If you remember, Smith had off-season knee surgery and hasn’t looked like the same player that helped lead the Knicks to a 50-plus win last season. Smith is shooting a pedestrian 35 percent from the field this season, eight percentage points off from last season’s pace — he’s averaging 11.3 points and 4.5 rebounds this season.
Then again, as Adrian Wojnarowski points out, the Knicks know that there isn’t much market for a troubled sixth man and perhaps this is just a scare tactic on their part.
Knicks trying to scare J.R. Smith straight with public, but empty trade talk. Of course, they understand there's no market for him.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 9, 2014
It should be noted that the last two times Smith has explored free agency, he received no reported offers from any other team than the Knicks. That says about all you need to know about his value around the league.