5 Reasons the New York Knicks Must Keep J.R. Smith

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5 Reasons the New York Knicks Must Keep J.R. Smith
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The Knicks hope they can retain J.R. next year.

J.R. Smith was one of the most important players for the New York Knicks this season.  Although he didn’t start a single game, Smith was the most influential player on the roster next to Carmelo Anthony.

Smith had his best year as a pro in 2012-13, scoring the most points in his nine-year career.  This led him to being named the 2012-13 NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year.

The problem in New York is that Smith might not be around next season.  This summer, Smith can opt out of his contract and test the free agency market. 

Last year, the Knicks paid Smith less than $3 million.  If they’d like to keep his services in the Big Apple, they’re going to have to fork over more than that this summer. 

Although no one likes to spend more money, here are five reasons why the Knicks must do everything in their power to bring back “Swish”. 

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