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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Knicks, Clippers in lead for J.R. Smith

By Ramona Shelburne

Free agent swingman J.R. Smith currently lists on his Twitter page the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers as teams he is considering.

However, the Knicks and Clippers appear to be the frontrunners to sign him, according to the source with knowledge of the talks.

The Knicks remain the presumptive favorites to sign Smith because they can offer him a pro-rated share of their $2.5 million mini-midlevel exception and a player option for a second year. The Clippers, meanwhile, can offer him only the veteran's minimum for the rest of this season.

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