Nuggets not trading J.R. Smith

By Chris Broussard

Ever since J.R. Smith sulked on the bench because of limited playing time (12 minutes) in Saturday's overtime victory over New Orleans, there's been speculation that Denver might trade him.

Well, you can put that speculation to rest. Plugged-in sources tell me the team definitely will not trade J.R. Smith before the Feb. 18 trade deadline.

Obviously, a ridiculously lopsided offer in their favor would change things, but I've been told emphatically that Smith is not going anywhere.