The San Antonio Spurs may be interested in J.R. Smith, who will be rescued from China soon, but, and this might surprise you, Smith is apparently interested in the bright lights of L.A. and New York.
ESPN LA is reporting that the Clippers are hot in pursuit of the J.R. Smith and that pursuit has only increased since Chauncey Billups went down for the season with an Achilles injury.
"Like Billups did with recently-signed Kenyon Martin, point guard Chris Paul has taken a lead role in recruiting Smith, according to the source. The two are close from their two seasons as teammates with the Hornets. Also like Billups and Martin, who are both represented by agent Andy Miller, Paul and Smith both are represented by agent Leon Rose. That would seem like an advantage, except for the fact that Rose also represents New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who said this week he'd be happy to have his former Nuggets teammate join him in New York."
If I were Smith I'd go play with Chris Paul in L.A. where I know there's going to be a point guard to get me the ball and where I know I'm going to start. Either way I don't understand why the Spurs would waste money a guy like Smith, especially when you consider how crowded the back court is. If he does go to the Clippers that would be pretty scary for the rest of the West. Then again, that would be two crazy guys on one team with Vinny Del Negro as its coach. I wish the Clippers were being followed for NBA TV's The Association.
I'd rather have James Anderson at least he has no issues. Yea, giving Anderson another chance would be far better than taking a risk on JRSmith.
@LFJeremy i say that clippers lineup would be one dysfunctional family if there is one in the nba. blake and jordan are so raw and young they have no experience in anything. cp is the only player around there (taking billups out, and kenyon being new) that has been anywhere but IMO while a great PG, he is a bit over rated in how he helps his teammates get better. butler has been a stat stuffer in the past and has failed at so many levels. i would put any team ranked in the top 4 to beat them in 5 games regardless of if JR smith comes or not.
@LFJeremy Except for the fact that it's not Josh Smith, it's JR :D