The Chicago Bulls
are still making calls on J.R. Smith to solve their shooting guard
issues, but red flags on Smith’s character have made the Bulls cautious.
“They just don’t want to mess that locker room up,” one source with
knowledge of the talks said. “The Bulls have too good of a [locker] room
I don’t know what the hell that’s supposed to me. I mean, he’s basically saying the Bulls are interested in J.R. Smith, but psyche, not really.
Let’s briefly ignore the fact that Wojnarowski basically contradicted his own rumor mid-sentence. The problem with trading Smith isn’t simply whether or not you’d add a knucklehead to the team. The problem is also what can you trade Denver that they’d want?
Presumably Denver isn’t interested in adding salary beyond this summer which means a third team likely needs to be involved or the Nuggets would need to take back C.J. Watson. I just don’t see a deal that’s likely to make a whole lot of sense for both sides, especially since the Bulls need to go find a new backup PG if they trade Watson.
So even if the Bulls get over the ‘this guy is cancer’ thing, which you’d have to assume they have if you really believe they’re making calls, then they’re still left with a difficult trade to complete as it will likely require a third team.
Of course on top of all that, the J.R. Smith deal likely needs to wait for a Melo deal which means we won’t likely find anything out until the last minute. Of course, we won’t need to find anything out, because this one isn’t happening (IMO).