J.R. Smith knows that there will be major changes coming to the New York Knicks. After the season Smith just had, he knows that people are doubting him. Many people believe that there’s no way Smith can play in the triangle offense. And to make matters worse, Smith is part of a log jam at the shooting guard position with players that are younger than him.
Smith was on ESPN2’s First Take and said that he would understand if the Knicks trade him.
“No. Absolutely not. The way I was playing, I was playing like a person who didn’t want to be there,” Smith said. “Not looking as focused as a person should be in that situation that we were, in the trenches. I wouldn’t blame them at all.”
He also acknowledged the log jam at his position as well.
“Yeah, because that’s just the way the numbers work, honestly,” he said. “When you have so many people at that same position and you’re trying to juggle between ‘Well, he’s got to play 20 minutes, he’s got to play 30 minutes, he’s got to play 25 minutes,’ it’s tough to do. That’s why whenever I’m in the gym I try to do the best. [I’m] not worried about those guys [the other shooting guards], but [I want] to make sure I’m evolving my game so I can play multiple positions and keep my talent on the floor.”
I think the Knicks are going to see what type of value Smith has and if the right offer comes, he will be gone.