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New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith can be a free agent this summer, but said he does not want to leave the team.

Smith, the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, has a player option for next season for just under $3 million, but there is a good chance that he will opt out of it and seek a multi-year contract that includes a higher salary.

"I want to retire a Knick," Smith told the New York Daily News. "I don't want to go anywhere else. I love my teammates, I love my coaches. I was standing in the locker room looking at my jersey after the game (Saturday) and just knowing that I don't want to be anywhere else except in the orange and blue. We'll see."

The Knicks were eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoffs by the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.

When asked if he was willing to take less money to stay with the Knicks, Smith said, "I haven't even thought about all that, that far. I still have to talk to (agent) Leon (Rose) and see where we're at."

Smith was strong in the regular season, but his production dipped in the playoffs. His field goal percentage dropped from 42.2 percent to 33.1 percent and his three-point shooting fell from 35.6 percent to 27.3 percent. He also averaged about four points per game less in the postseason that the regular season.
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