NBA rumors: J.R. Smith hopes to retire as a Knick

New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith is expected to opt out of the final year of his current contract this summer, becoming a free agent in the process. While there have been questions surrounding the potential of New York re-signing the sharpshooter to a more lucrative and long-term agreement, Smith told Peter Botte of The New York Daily News that he hopes to retire a Knick, adding that he doesn’t “want to go anywhere else.”

“I want to retire a Knick. I don’t want to go anywhere else,” Smith said. “I love my teammates, I love my coaches. I was standing in the locker room looking at my jersey after the game and just knowing that I don’t want to be anywhere else except in the orange and blue. We’ll see.”
Currently, Smith is set to make $2.8 million next season. This is considered to have him significantly undervalued, which is why he’s expected to opt out.

Considering the boost Smith’s market received following his impressive campaign, it’s not clear if the Knicks have what it takes to re-sign him. The most New York can offer is an exemption that starts at $4.9 million per year over four years. There could be another team out there that has more money to throw at Smith.

Still, considering his comments and apparent desire to remain in New York, it seems like the Knicks at least have a shot at signing the 27-year-old.

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