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J.R. Smith says he wants to stay with Knicks if money is same

Knicks' Smith shoots during their win over the Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

New York Knicks’ J.R. Smith shoots in the fourth quarter past Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade (L) and Chris Bosh (R) during the Knicks’ win in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York, May 6, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)


J.R. Smith has a $2.5 million option with the Knicks, and at that price New York could use his firepower off the bench (erratic though it may be).

The question for him is simply this: How much can he make elsewhere? He is a New Jersey native and loves NYC, but like the rest of us if you’re willing to double his salary he’ll move wherever you need.

That’s essentially what he told Newsday (via IamaGM):

“I want to be here so I’m not really putting too much emphasis on it,” he said. “I got money now. It’s all about winning, and whatever is the best situation and the best fit really. If all things are equal, I’m staying.”

We will have the answer inside of three weeks, when Smith has to make his decision. Right now his agent is working the phones, checking out back channels and seeing what kind of offers will be out there on the open market.

My guess, he stays put. Teams are being pretty frugal with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement out there. But one way or the other we’ll know before the end of the month.