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NBA Trade Rumors: J.R. Smith’s Top 5 Landing Spots

J.R. Smith's Top 5 Landing Spots

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The Knicks are overloaded in the backcourt, and are reportedly shopping J.R. Smith to strengthen other positions on their team, and to unload his contract. Although his behavior on and off the court has been questionable at best, one thing that has never been in question is Smith’s talent. Here are five teams that should take a risk on landing Smith to improve their rosters.

5. Golden State Warriors

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5. Golden State Warriors

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Beyond the “Splash Brothers”, the Warriors don’t have a lot of talent at the guard position. Brandon Rush is coming off an ACL injury, and is a giant question mark. Andre Iguodala can stretch and play some SG, but he is better off in the 3-spot. J.R. Smith would fit right in with the offensive system that the Warriors run. When hot, Smith is a top-tier shooter and could provide some instant offense off of the bench.

4. Los Angeles Lakers

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4. Los Angeles Lakers

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The Lakers need all the help they can get to even fill out their roster. Smith would add some sorely needed offense to a very suspect lineup. He may have a hard time coexisting with Kobe Bryant, but then again, who doesn’t?

3. Miami Heat

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3. Miami Heat

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The Heat currently have no one on their roster to back up Dwyane Wade, and we all know that this will be a critical need for them if last season was any indication of what we can expect from Wade going forward. Smith could offer some relief for Wade coming off of the bench, but also has enough talent to be a starter for any stretches where Wade is unavailable.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder

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2. Oklahoma City Thunder

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Nobody on their current roster outside of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are legitimate scoring threats, and if Smith is good at one thing, it is scoring the rock. Smith could anchor a second unit that could actually score some points, and take some much needed pressure off of KD and Westbrook.

1. Chicago Bulls

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1. Chicago Bulls

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Smith was already on the Bulls' roster back in 2006, when he was traded from New Orleans, but was subsequently packaged and traded to the Nuggets six days later. The Bulls, more than any other contending team, need help on the wing. They have an extremely talented frontcourt, but lack any meaningful depth or true scoring threats at the SG position. Smith would instantly upgrade their roster and further increase their chances at a title.