J.R. Smith Plans To Retire As A New York Knick
Though his run in the Playoffs was pretty terrible, J.R Smith had one of the best seasons in his career this year, averaging 18.1 points per game in the regular season. The NJ native was the Knicks second option in scoring and even earned the coveted Sixth Man of the Year award, and apparently he plans to stick around for the long haul.
“I want to retire a Knick,” J.R. told reporters after the Game 6 loss on Saturday. “I don’t want to go anywhere else. I love it. I love my teammates. I love my coaches. I was sitting in the locker room looking at my jersey after the game just knowing I don’t want to be anywhere else except for in the orange and blue. So we’ll see.”
As far as his contract goes, J.R. has a $2.9 million player option for next year and is “expected” to opt out and test free agency. However, the Knicks have his Early Bird Rights and can offer him a four-year contract starting at approximately $5 million with standard raises.