It looks like the New York Knicks have finally had enough of guard J.R. Smith.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York and Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the New York Knicks are gauging interest in Smith.
While they realize it may be difficult to pursue, the New York Knicks have begun to explore the potential trade market for guard J.R. Smith in recent days, ESPN.com has learned.
Sources close to the situation said Wednesday that the organization has become increasingly frustrated with Smith’s on and off-court transgressions and increasingly feel that a fresh start might be best for all parties.
Smith was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year last season, Smith’s numbers are down across the board this season. He’s averaging just 11.3 points per game on 34.8% shooting from the field, 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc and 62.8% shooting from the charity stripe.
Plus, Smith’s behavior on and off the court has been deemed “unacceptable” by head coach Mike Woodson.
Smith missed the first five games of the season after violating the league’s anti-drug policy. Most recently, Smith untied the shoes of Dallas Mavericks’ forward Shawn Marion and was fined $50,000.
Smith signed a three-year deal worth $18 million before the season.