NBA trade rumors: Knicks exploring options to move J.R. Smith

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Knicks are frustrated with guard J.R. Smith and are hoping they'll find a way to move him.

Likely fed up by J.R. Smith's off-the-court issues as well as his on-the-court production, the New York Knicks are in the process of determining the guard's value in the trade market, according to ESPN's Ian Begley and Marc Stein. New York knows that trading the troubled veteran will be difficult.

Bookmark This

On Wednesday, the NBA handed out a $50,000 fine to Smith for unsportsmanlike conduct. Twice in the past week, he had purposely untied an opponent's shoelaces. After being warned by the league following the first incident, Smith was again caught pulling the shoestrings of another player.

Additionally, Smith missed the first five games of the regular season because he violated the league's anti-drug policy.

Mike Woodson went on radio to express his frustration with the 2013 Sixth Man of the Year on Wednesday and called Smith's actions "unacceptable."

The 6'6 shooting guard, who is 28 years old, would have been a tough player to trade regardless of his off-the-court issues. He has two years remaining on his three-year, $18 million contract signed this summer -- that just before he underwent knee surgery.

Posting and Toasting: More on the Knicks

On the court, Smith has been troubled as well. Following a 2012-13 season in which he averaged 18.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists, Smith has only scored 11.3 points per game. His shooting is down from 42.2 percent last year to 34.8 percent in 29 games this season.

The Knicks cannot trade Smith until Jan. 15 because of contract stipulations.

More from SB Nation NBA:

The Hook: When no one is clutch, everyone is

He Got Game 2? Ray Allen, Spike Lee mull sequel

O'Donnell: Bulls dumping Luol Deng proves business isn't always pretty

Power Rankings: Can Warriors join top 5? | Pictures: Dubs blend old with new

Dennis Rodman under fire for North Korean charity game

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.