JR Smith has not had a great week. The New York Knicks guard was fined $50,000 by the league for unprofessional conduct while it has since emerged that his team are desperate to trade him.
The reigning Sixth Man of the Year was spotted on two separate occasions this week untying the shoelaces of opponents in an attempt to gain an advantage defending a free-throw. Greg Monroe of the Pistons and Shawn Marion of the Mavericks were the victims of his conduct.
Smith was warned by the NBA after the first incident not to do it again but, after a repeat performance, took the decision to hit him in the pocket. And things may be about to get worse for the 27-year-old.
The Knicks are reported to have been touting Smith around for a couple of weeks but, it would appear, there will not be many franchises willing to take him on.
Adam Zagoria reports that rival executives have been deriding the decision to make Smith available with one asking SNY.tv: “Is it April Fool’s Day?”
The executive added that he was far from surprised the Knicks want to trade Smith, but added only 'an idiot' would be willing to sign the player.