J.R. Smith fined $50K and may be traded
J.R. Smith was on cloud nine last year after the winning sixth man of the year award. The frequently troubled Smith finally gained some credibility amongst his teammates and coaches around the league. However, this year, Smith has been unable to shed the reputation that has haunted him virtually his entire career.
On Sunday evening, Smith received a warning by the NBA after untying Shawn Marion’s shoelaces at the free throw line against the Mavs. But Smith was unable to stay away from the fire on Tuesday after he pretended like he was going to untie Greg Monroe’s shoelaces at the free throw line against the Pistons.
The league fined Smith $50K for his actions on Wednesday and now it appears that the Knicks want to trade him before the trade deadline. "I'm not happy about this because he was warned, he comes back, and he makes the same mistake, and it's not right," Woodson said. "It's just got to stop. I keep saying this every time something pops up, but it's got to stop. There's no question he's done a lot of things this year that put him in a bad position and our team in a bad position. Somehow we've got to clean that up. He was a big, major part of what we did last season. There's no doubt about that. We need him to be that J.R."
Smith is the quintessential example of a player that quits playing after he gets paid. The 28-year-old received a three-year contract worth $18 million this past summer, but now that he has gotten his contract, the incentive to be a professional no longer matters to him.