Sunday, May 19, 2013
Smith: 'I want to retire a Knick'
By Ian Begley
INDIANAPOLIS -- Guard J.R. Smith is set to become a free agent this offseason but said he hopes to return to the New York Knicks.
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"I want to retire a Knick," Smith said when asked about his future following the team's season-ending loss to the Pacers on Saturday night. "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."
Smith has a $2.9 million player option for next year and is expected to opt out and test free agency. The Knicks likely will make it a priority to re-sign Smith, who won the NBA's Sixth Man Award but struggled in the postseason.
K-MART WANTS TO BE BACK: Mike Woodson and others said Kenyon Martin changed the Knicks season when they signed him in late February. Will he be around to contribute next season?
Martin, who will be a free-agent this summer, certainly hopes so.
"I have no idea. Would I love to be here? Yeah," Martin said, adding, "It’s not my call. I would love to contribute from this day forward, but we’ll see."
PRIGIONI NOT READY TO TALK FUTURE:Pablo Prigioni and Chris Copeland will also be free-agents this summer. Prigioni's agent has said the 35-year-old guard would like to return to the Knicks. Prigioni said he was not ready to discuss his future after the game.