When I heard J.R. Smith is on the block, I did exactly what you probably did: I thought to myself, “Sick, Smith would look pretty good backing up Pauly and Ray Ray.” But that’s as far as the thought process went. Two seconds later, reality kicked in and I remembered that the Celtics have nothing to trade for him.
I’m not exaggerating when I say nothing, either. I dare you to go to the ESPN Trade Machine and try to make a trade work. Make it a double-dog dare, Veronica Vaughn style. Rasheed Wallace’s retiring contract isn’t walking through that door, guys. Which is precisely why I was shocked when the Celtics waived him rather than waiting to see who would hit the trade market.
So it doesn’t matter that TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott wrote, “In my mind, a team with strong leadership — the Celtics, Heat or Spurs — would do well to experiment with Smith.” Because even if the C’s would do well to experiment with Smith, they’ve got nothing to bring him in. Basically, there’s no way I would have wasted my breath on this post if it weren’t a prime opportunity to post some Smith highlights.