With the trade of Carmelo Anthony many in the Denver Nuggets organization were hoping that it would open a door for JR Smith so they can see what his true potential. However, in a recent interview with 87.7 The Ticket Smith had some doubts about his future with the Nuggets.
Smith talked about playing without Carmelo Anthony, the benching of Al Harrington, his relationship with George Karl, why he wasn’t in the Dunk Contest and when asked about his future with the Nuggets he had this to say:
I definitely want to be here. I always felt that way, I want to remain a Nugget. Do I think it is going to happen? I don’t think that is going to happen…
No doubt with the way Smith has played lately the Nuggets would love to resign him, but the question is where does he rank on priority. No doubt gym-rat Arron Afflalo remains at the top of the list as well as big man Nene. But Denver will also have to decide what it wants to do with veteran leader Kenyon Martin, newly acquired Wilson Chandler as well as Smith.
And with Smith’s recent play and also him signing with agent Leon Rose, who tends to get the most for his players, Smith may have priced himself out of what the Nuggets want to offer.
But it may open a door for him to return the team that drafted him – the New Orleans Hornets. The Hornets have shown some interest in Smith as of late and he is good friends with Chris Paul and was a fan favorite down there.
Since the Melo trade, Smith has averaged 16.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and has gone 23-49 from the field.
GALLO OUT: Danilo Gallinari will miss over a week of action with the Nuggets after spraining his toe during Friday’s one-point overtime loss to Portland.
Gallinari scored 30 points in the losing effort.
IS FRYE AN OPTION FOR THE NUGGETS? Two seasons ago the Nuggets showed some interest in Channing Frye, but he decided to sign with the Suns instead and as of late has been impressive. He hit two game-winning jumpers in back-to-back games and is turning into a modern day Sam Perkins.
Come this offseason, if the Phoenix Suns do decide to move Steve Nash. They may look at Nuggets point guard Raymond Felton, who was very successful running the New York Knicks offense which is practically the same as the Suns.
It wouldn’t be out of the question for both teams to work on a Felton for Frye deal.
HARRINGTON IN THE DOGHOUSE: During last week’s victory over the Boston Celtics, George Karl benched Harrington late in the game and said after the game that if a player gives him attitude he’s going to be benched.
Since than Harrington has struggled, playing only 23 minutes in two games and going 3-9 from the field.
It is becoming clear that Harrington will more than likely be traded this offseason if the Nuggets can find a taker.