Knicks looking to trade J.R. Smith?

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

With how poorly he’s played this year could the New York Knicks be looking to trade reigning Sixth-Man of the Year J.R. Smith? According to ESPN that is indeed the case and it’s not surprising. Smith is having one of the worst seasons of his career but that’s not the biggest problem. The problem is his attitude and actions since receiving his new contract.

While they realize it may be difficult to pursue, the New York Knicks have begun to explore the potential trade market for guard J.R. Smith in recent days, ESPN.com has learned.

Sources close to the situation said Wednesday that the organization has become increasingly frustrated with Smith’s on and off-court transgressions and increasingly feel that a fresh start might be best for all parties. (ESPN New York)

Smith has been somewhat of a loose cannon on and off the court this year. Off the court he was suspended five games to start the season because of the leagues anti-drug policy. He’s also been fined by the league for a hostile tweet he sent to Brandon Jennings, in defense of his brother, Chris Smith. He also made sure everyone knew he was displeased with the team for releasing his brother.

He’s also been creating headaches on the court lately with his antics and it’s frustrating his biggest supporter head coach Mike Woodson. Smith was warned by the league yesterday for his untying of Shawn Marion’s shoes during a game. It’s something he’s done in the past but the league caught on and finally said enough is enough. So what does he do?

He ignores the league and his head coach and attempts to untie Greg Monroe’s shoelaces during last nights game against the Detroit Pistons. The league responded swiftly issuing a $50,000 fine to Smith today, well deserved in my opinion. Will this teach him? I highly doubt it and that attitude set Woodson off today.

“I’m not happy about this because he was warned, he comes back, and he makes the same mistake, and it’s not right,” Woodson said. “It’s just got to stop. I keep saying this every time something pops up, but it’s got to stop.”

The coach added that Smith has been “unprofessional about how he’s approached this whole thing. Something’s gotta be done. It has to stop. I’ll address it tomorrow when I see him, and then we’ll go from there.” (ESPN)

Smith’s unprofessional approach showed when he was asked Tuesday about the warning.

After Tuesday’s game, Smith was asked if he “got the message” from the league after it warned him following the first shoelace incident.

“Yes and no,” Smith said. “I’m not really supposed to talk about it, so I’ll leave it at that.”(ESPN)

Apparently the Knicks have finally had enough which is why they’re attempting to trade him, something they can’t do before January 15th. I’m just not sure if they’ll find any takers for this head case. When his head is in the game he’s a great performer but he’s also a huge liability, which is a huge reason I did NOT want the Knicks bringing him back this year.

His contract has three more years and a total of $18 million on it, which coupled with his attitude will make him pretty hard to trade. So unfortunately, I think the Knicks will be stuck with him for the foreseeable future.

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