Carmelo Anthony thinks J.R. Smith, his former teammate in Denver, could handle New York well if he were to sign with the Knicks.
“Yeah, I think so, he’s one of those type of players,” Anthony told a small group of reporters after the Knicks’ win over the Nets on Saturday. “If it happens, it happens and I’ll be happy.”
Earlier Saturday, Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni acknowledged is monitoring the league for shooters — and it seems Smith would fit the bill.
The 26-year-old New Jersey native averaged 12.3 points last season on just 43.5 percent shooting but connected on 39 percent of his 3-point attempts.
He is currently playing in China — where he is leading the Chinese Basketball Association in scoring (35.4 points per game).
Smith should be eligible to sign with an NBA team once his Zhejiang club finishes its season and he is cleared by FIBA.
Then Smith, an unrestricted free agent, would be free to sign with any NBA team.