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Staff report Sporting News
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After spending the last few months playing in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), it appears J.R. Smith is heading back to the states.
Smith wrote Saturday on his Twitter account that he would be returning to the United States on Wednesday. That would make the unrestricted free agent available for any number of teams to sign.
J.R. Smith spent last season in Denver but will be a free agent once he returns to the United States from China. (AP Photo)
He signed a reported $3 million in September to play for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls during the NBA lockout. The CBA legislated that NBA players who signed during the lockout were not allowed to return to the U.S. to play until their Chinese teams' seasons are over.
Asia-Basketeball.com reports that Smith has averaged 35.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 29 games while in China. Zhejiang has been mathematically eliminated from the CBA playoffs, according to Sportando.net.
Numerous teams, including the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers, have been mentioned as possible landing spots for Smith.
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