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J.R. Smith says he wants to stay with Knicks if money is same

Jun 7, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

Knicks' Smith shoots during their win over the Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York Reuters

J.R. Smith has a $2.5 million option with the Knicks, and at that price New York could use his firepower off the bench (erratic though it may be).

The question for him is simply this: How much can he make elsewhere? He is a New Jersey native and loves NYC, but like the rest of us if you’re willing to double his salary he’ll move wherever you need.

That’s essentially what he told Newsday (via IamaGM):

“I want to be here so I’m not really putting too much emphasis on it,” he said. “I got money now. It’s all about winning, and whatever is the best situation and the best fit really. If all things are equal, I’m staying.”

We will have the answer inside of three weeks, when Smith has to make his decision. Right now his agent is working the phones, checking out back channels and seeing what kind of offers will be out there on the open market.

My guess, he stays put. Teams are being pretty frugal with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement out there. But one way or the other we’ll know before the end of the month.

  1. cantonbound13 - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Please stay!!!! We want you back!!!!

    • southbeachtalent - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      They should blow up the Knicks.. What is it now 10 years 1 play off win? Blow it up!!

      • ripseantaylor214life - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        Really? Worry about your own team…

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:59 PM

        Your forgetting, the main problem was Isaih Thomas. He was responsible for 8 of those awful years with the high payed bums he brought in. No reason to blow them up as you say. They’re on the right track.

    • soflasfinest - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      Keep this bum you’re just making it easier to beat the Knicks. Not that is was ever hard.

  2. dl3mk3 - Jun 7, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    would look nice getting passes from rubio

  3. knightrider1755 - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    J.R. is a bust. No team is going to want him but the Knicks. No elite team in the NBA would ever touch this guy. The Clippers only offered him $1.4m for one year before the Knicks took him on and gave him a second year option.

    • 20dollardinners - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      He is definitely not a bum. He is exactly what elite teams want – a guy that can come off the bench and provide a spark. Yes he is inconsistent and thinks all shots are good shots, but when he is on – he is a game changer.

      Also for anything mid-level exception or under – he is 100% worth it.

      • knightrider1755 - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:34 PM

        Spoken like a true misguided and unknowledgeable Knicks fan.

  4. Germano "Iceman" Neres - Jun 7, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    J.R need stay! He’s very important for the Knicks! Was very important in last season and will be in the next. The team needs your talent mainly in 3-ball! Go, Knicks! Let’s go!!!

    Hug! ;)

  5. dre10243 - Jun 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    they need chemistry

  6. zaro11 - Jun 7, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Strange how the Knicks lead the Heat 3-2 in playoff series. All 3 series going 7 games between 97 and 2000. Heat won in 97…Knicks won next 3. We all know what happened this year. Good call on the it was never hard to beat the Knicks.

    • knightrider1755 - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      The Knicks suck. Two finals appearances in the last 40 years and losses in both.

  7. lakerade - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Just give everyone what they want. Actually, I’m just annoyed bc my friends are having a heated argument… about the film Inception. I want to kill myself. So maybe don’t give everyone what they want.

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