New York Knicks Rumors: Let The J.R. Smith Shopping Begin

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The New York Knicks killed every ounce of momentum the team had in a loss against the Charlotte Bobcats Tuesday night, 108-98. It was a game that the Knicks just let slip away even with forward Carmelo Anthony scoring 20 points and grabbing six rebounds. Guard J.R. Smith did not play, and it looks like his time with the Knicks is slowly coming to an end.

After another benching, Smith went on record after the game saying he is done communicating, which probably means with head coach Mike Woodson who is now also fighting for his job. Smith seems to have been pointed out as the cancer of the locker room and the bench. Wednesday marks the date when the Knicks can officially trade Smith. He was not allowed to be traded until Jan. 15 because of his 20 percent raise over the summer re-signing with the team.

Now it is time to speculate where he could go and if any teams want him. Smith signed a three-year, $17.9 million deal over the summer, but now that deal is coming back to bite the Knicks hard. Smith is only averaging 11.4 points per game and is only shooting 35 percent. He has been part of the problem for the team with his attitude and trying to untie shoelaces once he was told to knock it off is plain immature.

New York has to trade Smith soon because the cancer could definitely spread throughout the locker room soon.

Ryan Gaydos is an NBA columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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