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Sharpshooter J.R. Smith is having arguably the best season of his NBA career helping the New York Knicks clinch the Atlantic Division title for the first time since 1994 and winning the Sixth Man of the Year award.
As a result his success this season and seemingly finding a home in New York, the 27-year-old let it be known that he wants to retire as a member of the Knicks via Jared Zwerling and Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com:
“Without a doubt,” Smith said. “I was born in New Jersey, born and raised. I would love to retire a Knick.”
After the 2012-13 campaign comes to an end for the Knicks, Smith will become a free agent in July. There’s been a lot of speculation over the course of the season on whether or not Smith will re-sign with the team or look to cash in elsewhere due to his value increasing. Although there will almost certainly be plenty of suitors interested in Smith’s services, the veteran guard isn’t looking to explore other options in free agency.
The Knicks can only offer $5 million to Smith once officially a free agent. Many other teams around the league will be able to offer considerably more and will more than likely attempt to lure the sharpshooter away from New York, but it seems as though Smith has his mind set on re-signing with the team regardless.
Currently, the Knicks have the series lead against the Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Game 2 will be played at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night with New York attempting to take a commanding lead before heading to TD Garden in Boston for Game 3 and 4.
In case you missed it, be sure to check out Knicks’ J.R. Smith being named NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year!
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