Knicks interested in adding J.R. Smith?

Mark J. Miller
Scoop Du Jour

Kenyon Martin has been cleared by the NBA to sign on with whatever club he wants to now that he's back from his adventure in China.

The New York Knicks have been rumored to be interested, but the New York Times is hearing that the team "won't do back flips to get" Martin and only have "modest, at best" interest in adding him to the roster.

The man the Knicks have more interest in bringing onboard, once he is cleared to return from his own Chinese adventures, the Times notes, is a former teammate of Martin's: shooting guard J.R. Smith.

The pair played together for the Denver Nuggets for six seasons and then both went to China when it looked like the NBA season might be lost due to a lockout. Martin went to the Xinjiang Flying Tigers while Smith joined the Zhejiang Golden Bulls.

The 26-year-old Smith, selected 18th overall in the 2004 draft out of high school despite signing a letter of intent to play for the University of North Carolina, averaged 12.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for the Nuggets last season.


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