A league source told ESPN.com that Denver also is in discussions with Chicago regarding a J.R. Smith trade,...
J.R. Smith, who was a Chicago Bull for a little bit of time during the 2006 offseason, has been a disappointment in his 6 seasons in the NBA. Although Smith has averaged 12.5 PPG throughout his career, he's never lived up to his potential and upside.
Smith has god-given leaping ability, along with great size for a 2-guard. However, he's developed into a very bad decision-maker and looks for offense for himself before others.
Another issue with Smith is how he'll fit on the Bulls. For one, Smith isn't a good spot-up shooter, despite some saying so. He often struggles to knock down wide-open shots unless he has a rhythm -- which he gets after shooting a high volume of shots.
Secondly, Smith needs the ball in his hands most of the time to make an impact on the game -- a habit he has gotten playing with the likes of Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony over the years. Although he's very athletic, Smith usually settles for three's instead of driving, using his athleticism to make a play. His need for the ball would not work on the Bulls, mainly because of the Derrick Rose-factor, along with a true low-post presence in Carlos Boozer.
The on-court chemistry just wouldn't work out with Smith. He wouldn't be able to make an impact on the game as the Bulls' other Shooting Guard's.
Smith is definitely more athletic than Keith Bogans, Ronnie Brewer, or Kyle Korver. But he's not nearly as good as a shooter as Korver or as good a defender as Brewer/Bogans.
Quite frankly, I wouldn't even trade Keith Bogans for J.R. Smith, who has also had off-the-court issues his whole career. Bogans isn't a potential poison in the locker room or on the court, something Smith has had the reputation of over the years.
The Bulls should just stay put with what they have. Not every team is stacked at every position. Look at it this way: the Bulls have a top 10 player at their respective position, if not better, at each spot except SG.
Smith might be one of the most athletic players in the NBA, but that doesn't make him a good fit for the contending Bulls.