Phoenix Suns Should Pursue J.R. Smith

By John Raffel
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It’s free agency time in the NBA and the speculation is already going wild.

There probably won’t be much excitement in Phoenix Suns country though. The Suns, for the most part, will probably stand pat and try to fine-tune their current players and see if player like first-round draft pick Alex Len can make a big impact.

That’s probably smart on their part. The big names like Dwight Howard will go to teams that have been winning or are right on the verge of being a major contender. The Suns are a few years away from being a title contender.

But there’s one move the Suns may want to make. There have been reports that they would have free agent interest in the New York Knicks J.R. Smith, who at 27 is a fine shooting guard they could get at $5 million per year, which is a bargain in today’s market.

That’s a move that could create some excitement with the sixth Man of the Year winner, who can help the Suns win a few more ballgames than they did a year ago with his clutch shooting. He could fit in nicely with the Suns lineup.

Where Smith will really help the Suns is the quality minutes he’ll provide. He had 36 and 35 minutes of action the last two games of the Knicks’ series with the Indiana Pacers. He averaged 32 minutes a game during the series with the Knicks. His 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds a game during the regular season were also decent and shows what he can still give a team.

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