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Report: J.R. Smith thinking of picking up option with Knicks

May 11, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith attempts to dunk the ball in their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York Reuters

The lesson here: Never listen to what players tweet late at night.

The Knicks’ J.R. Smith — after an unimpressive playoffs and dreadful Game 5 — fired back at his numerous critics on twitter and said he might not come back to the Knicks. Smith has a $2.5 million player option for next season.

But the New York Post’s Marc Berman is hearing just the opposite of what Smith tweeted.

In fact, the Post has learned Smith is leaning toward opting into the final year of his contract with the new CBA’s structure for middle class players. Smith stands to make $2.5 million next season, but his lousy playoff in which he shot 31 percent could lead him to return.

Players are emotional and wound up after the end of a season and it usually takes them a couple weeks to bring it down. Smith’s season just ended and he is vacillating between frustration with his play in the post season and how much me likes New York.

But in the end, think he will test the market because he can do better than one year at $2.5 million, even with the new CBA and his playoff performance. But we’ll see. If he stays that is a boost for the Knicks because Smith makes a great sixth man, especially at that price.

  1. abchome - May 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    He will opt-in…if he don’t get a better offer.

    • thestudiokida - May 11, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      He has to choose to opt-in or test free agency before he can receive any offers. Most guys opt out, even for less money, just to have the security of a longer contract.

  2. thestudiokida - May 11, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    J.R. Smith may be a little nutty but he averages 18.6pts per 36 minutes and has no qualms coming off the bench. A lot of teams could use a quality scorer to carry their bench.

    • thestudiokida - May 11, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      PS He commits a ton of stupid fouls. He isn’t very disciplined.

  3. jolink653 - May 11, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    please just opt out…as a knicks fan i can’t stand watching this guy take the worst possible shots and acting selfishly in this offense he kills the ball movement and even when his shooting is off he keeps jacking shots up and he doesn’t pass…the fouls he commits on defense just make you want to tear your hair out he’ll hand check someone on the way up which doesn’t influence the shot at all and just give the other team easy and 1s and he gets beat off the ball too much…he does have his good games too but for me it just doesn’t outweigh the rest of it and i think his style of play just hurts the rest of the team since he takes away shots from the other players on the court…that money can be spent elsewhere

  4. cantonbound13 - May 12, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    As a Knick fan, I would love to have him stay.

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