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    J.R. Smith is said to be leaning toward opting in and staying with the Knicks next season.


    He has a $2.5 player option and sent out an ominous tweet about leaving the Knicks on Wednesday night, but back pedaled the next day. Smith hit just 3-of-15 shots in the final loss of the season and caught the ire of many Knicks fans after the game on Twitter. Had Smith been better in the playoffs (he shot just 31.6 percent), opting out might be a viable option, but as it stands now, chances are he's going to take the $2.5 million and return to the Knicks next season.

    (From Rotoworld)

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    Smith leaning toward staying with Knicks


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    J.r. Smith said yesterday he was just joking on his Twitter feed Wednesday night and didn’t mean to threaten Knicks fans that he is departing.

    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.

    Smith was being attacked on Twitter after his 3 of 15 dud in Game 5’s series-ending loss. Smith tweeted late Wednesday night: “Damn, didn’t know this many people don’t want me in New York. Might just get what you asking for.’’

    Yesterday, Smith laughed when asked about the threat.

    “A lot of people were talking stuff,’’ Smith said. “ I was just messing, nothing serious.’’

    Asked about whether he’d opt-out, which would assure his departure, Smith said he would talk to Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald and his agent Leon Rose.

    “The way the economy is working nowadays, I don’t even know,’’ said Smith, who signed with the Knicks in February after a failed stint in China. said. “In my heart I believe I am [worth more than $2.5M]. But you got a look at it from a standpoint of where everyone else is as well.’’

    — Marc Berman

    Smith is from Freehold, N.J. and sounded like he doesn’t want to move. “Without a doubt, I wouldn’t want to play anywhere else,” Smith said. “It’s the great place to play. This is my home.’’

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    He didn't do himself any favors by stinking the joint in First Round but I don't see why he cannot get more than 2.5m$ somewhere.

    He's a 5 to 7m$ player that has a lot of spring left.

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    He'll leave if he gets a better offer. The new CBA makes it tougher for him to get that better offer.

    I doubt anyone with cap space is going to sign him for more than the MLE.

    Have to look at the FAs available and the teams that have the MLE available to see what the chances are that he'll be able to get the MLE from some team. Anyone got a feel for this?

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    GooD opt-in, Trade OUT. He should be a nice piece we can trade for another serviceable need.

    Nice back up PG,SF,or PF with def tenacity and a mid range J.

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    Originally Posted by TruOrngnBlu
    GooD opt-in, Trade OUT. He should be a nice piece we can trade for another serviceable need.

    Nice back up PG,SF,or PF with def tenacity and a mid range J.
    If he's gonna be traded he needs to have more years to that 2.5 mil deal.

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    Smith is 10,000 times better than Fields, despite his bad field goal percentage.

    I doubt we can get a better second string SG than him for $2,5 so it would be a good thing to bring him back next season.

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    Originally Posted by Sprewell-Houston
    Smith is 10,000 times better than Fields, despite his bad field goal percentage.

    I doubt we can get a better second string SG than him for $2,5 so it would be a good thing to bring him back next season.
    why you aint got Sprewell in your sig, I wish we had a Sprewell type on this team

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    Originally Posted by Sprewell-Houston
    Smith is 10,000 times better than Fields, despite his bad field goal percentage.

    I doubt we can get a better second string SG than him for $2,5 so it would be a good thing to bring him back next season.
    I agree

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    why you aint got Sprewell in your sig, I wish we had a Sprewell type on this team
    Shumpert will be >>>

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    Originally Posted by KingStarbury3
    Shumpert will be >>>
    I hope he's Wade lite, just a great off the ball slasher with a better jumper thanks to H20 and better defender

    Shumpert has All NBA-1st Team potential I just pray he reaches it

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    I wouldn't be thrilled if he did opt in, but if he does he's a steal for the price he is playing for.... say what you want about JR the dude is 6-7mill+ type talent, after his performance in the playoffs im sure his pay day just took a big crash... but still.... if he opts in its a steal, alot of teams would love JR's talent off the bench.


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    Originally Posted by Almost_famous718
    I wouldn't be thrilled if he did opt in, but if he does he's a steal for the price he is playing for.... say what you want about JR the dude is 6-7mill+ type talent, after his performance in the playoffs im sure his pay day just took a big crash... but still.... if he opts in its a steal, alot of teams would love JR's talent off the bench.
    Yeah I agree, for 2.5 he is definitely worth keeping without question. His playoff performance was extremely disappointing to say the least, but there arent many 2 guards with his talent coming off the bench for 2.5.

    Personally I hope he opts in.

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    Get him the **** out!! To be honest and I really hate to say this cause I truly am a fan of the knicks but you don't win with JR. We have to many losers on this team. If we bring in players we need them to be accomplished and winners. That's why I loved Billups hear; a veteran voice, a champion but also a leader. JR does nothing to improve us; and he takes away minutes from Shump.

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    Originally Posted by CoolRunnings
    Get him the **** out!! To be honest and I really hate to say this cause I truly am a fan of the knicks but you don't win with JR. We have to many losers on this team. If we bring in players we need them to be accomplished and winners. That's why I loved Billups hear; a veteran voice, a champion but also a leader. JR does nothing to improve us; and he takes away minutes from Shump.
    Agreed. I like smith, he's alwas been one of my favorite players. I also bust ass with him in 2k. But he's not a winner, he doesn't have that team first brotherly feel to him when I watch. I want a guy with the passion like Reggie Evans believe or it not. (watching him play right now)

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    Alot of people are bashing Woodson for letting JR run loose this season. I think alot of that was forced upon him by the FO so we increased our chances of JR opting in. If he comes back Woodson needs to shorten his leash, any stupid shots or excessive fouls and he goes to the bench. JR can be a fool but he seems to believe in Woodson and a bit of discipline early on next year and he may respond better than expected.

    Plus he has been talking about improving his defense and ball handling skills in the offseason, he hasn't spoken like that before. Still words till he proves otherwise, but with the right guidance he could be a solid contributor and smarter player.

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    I hope he doesn`t stay. He can`t leave quickly enough as far as I`m concerned. We could do with one less selfish chucker.

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