Investigating the Rumor Mill: J.R. Smith

Not a lot of talk on the rumor front with J.R. Smith, but fans can dream.

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J.R. Smith remains one of the most explosive players in the League as well as a favorite of the fans.

Not a lot of team rumors are coming out about Smith, only on the fans side who continue to believe his positives out way his negatives.

And Denver Nuggets fans are at the top of the list as they continue to show support for Smith and their hope that he stays in the Mile High City and it is not surprising why. Smith plays for the fans, he wants to do well for them. When they are excited, he only plays better with their energy.

A. Sherrod Blakely from thinks Smith would be another great pickup for the Boston Celtics, where players like Delonte West, Nate Robinson and Stephon Marbury have each played well within the team mentality.

But if you look at West, Robinson and Marbury, one reason why they were success stories were because their minutes diminished when they came to Boston. Not a bad idea if Smith flops somewhere else, but he still is young and still has value and potential. Not to mention he can get more money somewhere else.

The Chicago Bulls showed interest in Smith earlier this season and he may be exactly what the team need – unless they can get former Bull Jamal Crawford to return and be an offensive spark off the bench.

Both the Bulls and Celtics are on the brink of winning a title, which means Smith would once again have to play a smaller, bench-type role. He may be more interested and useful for a team that is trying to get to the next level.

The New Jersey Nets are an intriguing idea, partly because Smith was raised there and he’d be another young spark that could help the Nets take the next step. If New Jersey can add Smith and trade for Lamar Odom, they could easily make the next step.

The Cleveland Cavaliers may be a nice fit for Smith, but it’s doubtful that Byron Scott may decide to take another chance on his former player and bring him to Cleveland. Smith was in Scott’s doghouse in New Orleans, but he was also very young at the time. And the Cavaliers also have former Nuggets assistant Jamahl Mosley, who has spent hours working with Smith.

If there is a playoff team that should take a chance on Smith it’d be the New Orleans Hornets. New Orleans gave the Los Angeles Lakers a scare in the opening round, but they ran out of gas and lacked scorers on the squad. A return to New Orleans may be exactly what Smith needs. He could crack the starting lineup for the Hornets and he’d play next to his good friend Chris Paul and may be the extra ingredients to keep Paul in New Orleans.

Tags: Boston Celtics Byron Scott Chicago Bulls Chris Paul Cleveland Cavaliers Delonte West Denver Nuggets George Karl J.R. Smith Jamahl Mosley Jamal Crawford JR Smith Lamar Odom Los Angeles Lakers Nate Robinson New Jersey Nets Stephon Marbury

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