Knicks May Not be Able to Keep JR Smith Next Season

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Knicks May Not be Able to Keep JR Smith Next Season
 

 

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J.R. Smith says he hasn't made a decision yet on his player option for next season.

"It's still too early," Smith said last week. "I'm still weighing my options."

But according to three league sources with knowledge of Smith's contract situation, the reserve shooting guard will more than likely decline his player option and test free agency this summer.

That doesn't necessarily preclude Smith from a return to the Knicks. But bringing the 26-year-old New Jersey product back as a free agent would be financially challenging for New York.

Smith signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Knicks in mid-February after playing in China during the lockout. The contract contained a $2.5 million player option for next season.

Smith, according to the sources, would be undermining his value on the free-agent market by signing the $2.5 million option.

"His market value will be a lot more than what the option is," one of the league sources said.

Smith enjoys playing in New York -- particularly with his former Nuggets teammate Carmelo Anthony. But his return to New York via free agency seems to be a long shot.

The Knicks will likely have to use an exception to re-sign Smith. But they will probably be forced to use their mid-level exception to re-sign Jeremy Lin, who is a restricted free agent this summer.

Thanks to a provision in the collective bargaining agreement named after Gilbert Arenas, the Knicks will be able to match any offer another team makes to Lin, but will have to dip into their mid-level exception to do so.

Using the exception on Lin would likely leave them out of the running for Smith, who, according to the sources cited above, agreed to the option as a protection in case he was hurt during his stint with the Knicks.

When asked about the option last week, Smith said he was still focused on the games left on the Knicks' schedule.

"I'm not worried about that. I'm still worried about this season," he said.



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 Sources: J.R. Smith likely to decline option - Knicks Blog - ESPN New York

88 comments for "Knicks May Not be Able to Keep JR Smith Next Season"

 04-21-2012, 06:06 PM         #2
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i wanna fu*k his girl for some reason
 6 years ago '04        #3
GarySanchize24 239 heat pts239
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For what he showed this year, we won't miss him. Inconsistent chucker. Shumpert better develop a reliable jumper.
 6 years ago '05        #4
BronxBombers 195 heat pts195
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Don't want him Back. Period
 6 years ago '04        #5
GarySanchize24 239 heat pts239
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Lin will be back t full strength. Don't need jr's 15 plus bricks taking away from the team.
 6 years ago '11        #6
KingPAPO 44 heat pts44 OP
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East Coast aint got no love for JR Smith and His Jump Shot ??
 6 years ago '09        #7
ReggieA 196 heat pts196
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JR to Miami for the MLE
 6 years ago '10        #8
Agentzer0oo0 215 heat pts215
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 StuNNa said:
For what he showed this year, we won't miss him. Inconsistent chucker. Shumpert better develop a reliable jumper.
 Bronxbombers said:
Don't want him Back. Period
I dunno....

He plays good defense, he can create his own shot, get to rim, very good ball handler. I don't know of a lot of available SG's that can do the same.
 6 years ago '11        #9
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 ReggieA said:
JR to Miami for the MLE
I would hate Pat Riley's guts if he did that. Plus we need some goons on the NYK squad if we gonna play hard nose ball like back in the good ol pat riley jeff van gundy days
 6 years ago '10        #10
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I luv him at times but he is inconsistent. If anything, we can get a good backup pg in his place or a good defensive player or high motor player
 6 years ago '06        #11
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JR that n*gga but as long as we got Novakane we're good
 6 years ago '10        #12
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I have a Love Hate relationship with this n*gga.

But most likely he won't be back. Money Talks.
 6 years ago '11        #13
KING JAYY 541 heat pts541
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he will go to the heat or clippers
 6 years ago '05        #14
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lol @ these NY not wanting JR n*gga balling for NY u act like u guys will be able to get someone who can do what jr does No. and he will get more money on the open market he is a legit player when focus
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 GUNIT-FINEST said:
lol @ these NY not wanting JR n*gga balling for NY u act like u guys will be able to get someone who can do what jr does No. and he will get more money on the open market he is a legit player when focus
I couldn't agree more! When he on he can take over a game.. PPl forget he actually won the game for the knicks on a bad night against the bucks.. and that light weight got us in the playoffs...
 6 years ago '11        #16
King Henry 548 heat pts548
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Yall don't want him back?

Please come back JR


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 6 years ago '11        #17
elvisfreshly 106 heat pts106
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Welcome to Boston
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I'm good with him leaving if we find out who the Knicks are interested in bringing in for his roster spot
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 elvisfreshly said:
Welcome to Boston

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 Menace718 said:
I'm good with him leaving if we find out who the Knicks are interested in bringing in for his roster spot
Lamar Odom??
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