- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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About an hour-and-a-half after he went 3-for-15 in the Knicks' Game 5 loss to the Heat, J.R. Smith hinted on Twitter that he'd played his last game in New York.
Responding to Knicks fans who tweeted that they wanted him out of town, Smith wrote, "Damn didn't know this (many) people didn't want me in #NY might just get what you asking for! #sorrykidz"
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Smith signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Knicks in February after a playing stint in China during the NBA lockout. His contract was guaranteed for this season but contains a player option for next year.
Sources said earlier this year that Smith is "expected" to opt out because the $2.5 million salary will be below his market value.
Despite hinting on Twitter that he might be on his way out of New York, Smith told reporters after Game 5 that he hoped to help the Knicks get a better seed in the playoffs next season.
"Hopefully I'm here. I love New York. I love the coaches," Smith said. "The whole franchise has been great to me. I love the players. We have a good core of guys. Hopefully next year we get everybody back healthy and we'll be able to get a better spot in the playoffs."
Smith struggled mightily in the final three games of the Heat series. He went a combined 11-for-48 in Games 3, 4 and 5, including back-to-back 3-for-15 outings.
"I think I did a poor job with my shot selection," he said.
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