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Sunday, June 15, 2014
J.R. Smith threatens to stop talking to Melo

By Ian Begley

The biggest topic around the New York Knicks these days is Carmelo Anthony's impending free agency.

Anthony himself hasn't commented lately on his free-agency plans. But one Knick close to Anthony took to Twitter to let everyone know how he'd feel if Anthony signs with the Miami Heat.

J.R. Smith tweeted that he wouldn't speak to Anthony if Anthony joins the Heat:

@B_Eds517 nope

— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) June 14, 2014


Smith later tweeted:

My opinion is let him do him RT @binmatar_7: @TheRealJRSmith @MMmvp56 hes your friend we want 2 know about your opinion

— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) June 14, 2014


Now, we're just guessing here, but we assume Smith is just joking about not talking to Anthony. Smith has been asked hundreds of questions about Anthony by reporters in the two-plus seasons he's played alongside him in New York, and he has always supported Anthony and referred to him again and again as an "older brother" figure.

But Smith's sentiment does speak to how some Knicks fans will undoubtedly feel if Anthony leaves New York for Miami. If Anthony were to sign with the Heat this summer, he’d probably be one of the most disliked figures in all of New York sports for a while.

The Knicks, of course, moved heaven and earth to get Anthony to New York.

We should note, of course, that Anthony would have to take a big pay cut to sign with the Heat. He can sign a maximum contract for $129 million over five years with the Knicks.

If the Heat cleared enough cap space to sign Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade and split the money evenly among all four players, Anthony would sign a contract with a starting salary of $13.8 million. The four-year deal would be worth $58.8 million in total.

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