While anyone who follows the Knicks will not be surprised by this move, it is still noteworthy.
While being extremely consistent, and thus being equally as frustrating, J.R. Smith went on to win the sixth-man of the year. While the Knicks only made it to the second round, but Smith was a huge part of the organization’s success. While he did have a player option, Smith recently decided to opt out in order to haul in more money.
Players that averaged 18.1 PPG and 5.3 RPG are not common, and will command more than his 2.9 million dollar deal on the open market.
While the Knicks can offer him more money, around 5 million a season, that is not enough in comparison what other teams will be able to. The Knicks believe that Smith’s success under Woodson, has fostered a strong bond that will keep him in New York.
That remains to be seen.
Here are J.R. Smith’s highlights as a New York Knick: