Denver Police Close Case Involving J.R. Smith
According to Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson, the case against Nuggets shooting guard J.R. Smith has been closed. The seventh-year player was involved in an altercation at the team's practice facility on Aug. 13 that was first reported by FanHouse.
Police arrived on the scene after 26-year-old Damien Lolar claimed to have been attacked and choked by Smith during a pickup game. Lolar, who played at West Texas A&M and later for the now-defunct NBA D-League franchise Colorado 14ers, called the authorities himself, and the case had been closed once before and then re-opened before this latest development.
"Yeah the J.R. Smith story is basically that there's not enough evidence to move forward with that investigation," Jackson told FanHouse by phone. "(We're) not going to move forward at this time. Closed case, pretty much, unless something comes up that we're not aware of. But based on what we have at this point in time, it's currently a closed case."
Jackson didn't know exactly when the case had been closed, but said it was in recent days.
"I checked on it last week, and it was kind of leaning that way," he said. "And then I just talked with the sergeant this morning, and that's it."
Not that the Nuggets are out of the Mile High woods just yet.
Smith remains a prodigal son of sorts for the team, and the team has been looking to trade him for quite some time. Smith has value not only as one of the league's premier streak scorers but also because he is entering the final season of his contract worth $6.03 million. According to league sources, the Clippers are among teams that have shown strong interest in Smith over the summer.
Meanwhile, the uncertain future of star small forward Carmelo Anthony remains the organization's top priority. And after months of speculation about where the disgruntled Anthony wants to play either after a trade or when he can become a free agent next summer, it appears the Nuggets are finally moving toward looking at eventual destinations for the three-time All-Star as they started fielding trade offers recently.
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