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    Default Smith leaning toward staying with Knicks (will opt-in)

    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)

    Smith leaning toward staying with Knicks

    (NY Post)

    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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    Default J.R at 2.5 is steal

    He is a steal for 2.5 mil

    We could still offer the bi-annual to Novak (1.98 mil)

    And the Mid level to Lin (5 mil)

    ....if the ruling goes in favor of the league

    If the ruling goes in favor of the union, then we can keep all these guys and have room for decent trades or free agents.
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