The New York Knicks have been very busy in Phil Jackson‘s first offseason, and they are not done making moves yet. There have been reports circulating over the past couple of days that they are looking to move both Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith in trades, and both players are very intriguing options for a contender to pick up. Smith is an especially interesting trade chip, and could end up being a big addition for a contending team looking to add scoring to their lineup.
Smith has had a very troubling past in the NBA, and had an extremely inconsistent season last year in New York. He was coming off of winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award the previous season, and ended up getting put in head coach Mike Woodson‘s doghouse. His attitude was questionable all season long, and he was unable to back himself up when he was on the court.
He ended up playing in 74 regular season games with the Knicks last season, starting in 37 of those appearances. In those games, he averaged 14.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game. Those numbers may not look too terrible, but his shooting percentage was poor to say the least and his consistency was bad to say the least.
Which three potential trade destinations could help Smith revive his career and get back to the level that he was playing at in 2012-13?