J.R. Smith Joins Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks

J.R. Smith announced he will join the New York Knicks.

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J.R. Smith Rumors: Smith Close To Joining Jeremy Lin And New York Knicks, According To Report

The Denver Nuggets may lose out their homecoming free agent guard J.R. Smith to the league's latest sensation: Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks. According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the former Nugget may become a Knickerbocker before long:

The Knicks have launched themselves into the public spotlight after a seven-game win streak has put them at .500 in the 2011-12 NBA season. The team has owed much of its recent success to surprise breakout point guard Jeremy Lin, the 23-year-old Harvard grad who is averaging 23 points and 9.2 assists per 36 minutes.

Related: J.R. Smith Rumors: Lakers' Mike Brown Confirms He Spoke With Free Agent Guard

Smith played in Denver from 2006 through 2011, but went to play in China during the NBA lockout. At the conclusion of the lockout, he found himself stuck in his Chinese contract and only recently has been able to become an NBA free agent. The Nuggets are not believed to be seeking his services.

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J.R. Smith Agrees To Contract With Zhejiang Wanma Of Chinese Basketball Association, According To Report

Denver Nuggets free agent J.R. Smith won't be back in the NBA any time soon if a new collective bargaining agreement is reached, ending the current lockout. Smith has signed a contract with Zhejiang Wanma of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Financial terms of the one-year deal have not yet been learned, but when rumors first broke of this, he was supposedly going to receive $3 million for the year, a record contract in the CBA.

Wojnarowski further reports that Smith was close to a deal with Shanxi, but they backed out at the last moment. Smith now joins teammate Wilson Chandler as another big-name NBA player to sign with a Chinese team. Kenyon Martin is reportedly also in discussions to play in China this upcoming season.

Should the NBA start back up before Wilson's and Smith's contracts end in March, neither of the two is able to return until their deals end. The CBA only accepts NBA players not under a current contract and does not provide opt-out clauses.

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