Published on February 17th, 2012 | by Lifestyles Defined0
J.R. Smith is going to the Knicks
New York Knicks It Is!” he posted on his Twitter account.
Smith, who played last season with the Denver Nuggets, had listed the Knicks, Clippers, Lakers, Magic, Bulls and Pacers as teams he was considering joining after a stint in China that started during the NBA lockout.
No contract terms were available, but the Knicks were able to offer Smith a pro-rated share of their $2.5 million mini mid-level exception and a player option for a second year.
The New York Daily News had reported Thursday that the two sides were closing in on a deal. Smith’s agent, Leon Rose, met with Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan after Wednesday’s Knicks game, the newspaper reported.
The Clippers, meanwhile, could offer Smith only the veteran’s minimum for the rest of this season.
Smith was due to fly back to the United States from China late Wednesday night.
Smith is a former teammate of Anthony’s in Denver. He averaged 12.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 2010-11, shooting 39 percent from 3-point range. He has averaged 12.5 points per game during his seven-year career.