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as per earl smith iii

he'll be coming back from china in a few weeks and he should be discussed. he would add depth, and quality scoring. two things this team is seriously struggling with. also he's a little crazy. personally, i think we need a dose of chaos out there, especially late in the third quarter. also his girl looks tough.

now, its not highly likely that he will sign with the knicks, a struggling team with no cap space. but its not downright silly either. he's from new jersey, he's got a recent history with melo (where they seemed to get along), he'd get plenty of minutes and shots in new york. and he has publicly stated that he will consider the knicks when he is free to sign. all good signs.

but! there are other teams he is said to have interest in. among them are the clippers, the thunder, the bulls and the lakers.

so who makes sense and who doesn't? who makes sense and doesn't make sense? who doesn't make sense, and that makes sense? mase kense?

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the clippers make sense. they are on the verge of being the most depth ridden glutton in the nba. they have a pair of former nugget teammates he can be besties with, he can just chill out and bang threes while everyone does all the heavy lifting in the paint. and then when he feels like it, just waltz in and ram one over dj mbenga or some palooka with no sense.

the clippers are over the cap on account of the kenyon martin signing. and while he would add depth, he could create a minutes crunch. which is cool and everything, but mo williams might not like that, he doesn't seem to like stuff too much. them there clippers would be damn good tho. they already are, but i mean... jr smith instead of randy foye and ryan gomes is just horrifying.

the lakers make sense. obviously the guy digs los angeles. he'd get to play plenty of minutes and possibly start out there. but he might be asked to make a lot of concessions, namely play defense, not shoot so much, and make the least amount of money nba players can make. both lose angeles' can offer minimum contracts. so they don't really make sense, unless the allure of los angeles is just too palpable for earl jersey and the clippers don't offer enough perks.

speaking of perks- the thunder don't make sense. they like squeaky clean images, and jr just will never have that. but adding him to an already powerful team, allows them to slide thabo sefalosha to the bench more, or somewhere even less noticeable. it gives them a reliable shooter that isn't all daequan cooky, because he can get to the hoop, and is just generally bigger and better. they can offer him a decent enough contract, but they are pretty tied to the players they have, and they just don't seem to make snap decisions on marginal role players that they might not want to keep around for the years to come. because, let's face it, they are building a contender, they want quality players, but they need them to fit in. does jr fit in? probably not. would he end up tying their hands for future (better) moves? thats the question that will probably make them pass.

then there's the bulls. the guy fits right in to the starting line up, gives them a true blue scoring wing, and a guy that can keep up with derrick rose. it almost makes too much sense! but the bulls are over the cap. and like the lakers might want him to be a better defender than he might want to be. the bulls have had chances to snag him in the past and have balked. but maybe they were just waiting for a time such as now? i dunno....

i have opened the floor. don't fall thru.

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