Tuesday , Feb , 07 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Should Clippers gamble on J.R. Smith?

The Clippers aren’t getting enough production off the bench behind small forward Caron Butler and feel as if Smith can provide the team with a big scoring punch at the position, the person said.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It sounds like a fit.

The Los Angeles Clippers need bench scoring behind starting small forward Caron Butler, and J.R. Smith, because he played in China during the lockout, will soon become a free agent.

The Clippers can offer Smith a pro-rated portion of their mini-mid level exception for a few months work.

Sounds good, right?

Well, not so fast. The Clippers must be careful about adding too many large personalities to their club.

After all, they just signed temperamental power forward Kenyon Martin. Now they’re after Smith, who spent years feuding with Denver Nuggets coach George Karl.

Sure, former Nugget Chauncey Billups is with the Clippers. And he‘ll have some influence over Martin and Smith, if he signs.

However, trouble follows the talented Smith wherever he goes, so the Clippers may want to consider other options.

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