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Monday / June 5.
  • J.R. Smith to Opt Out on Tuesday

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    Knicks guard J.R. Smith will opt out of his player option with the Knicks on Tuesday, a source with direct knowledge confirmed to SNY.tv.

    “Yes, he is,” the source said.

    The timeframe was first reported by the Daily News.

    Smith, the newly-minted Sixth Man of the Year, is owed $2.9 million on his current deal, but it had long been assumed that he would opt out to test free agency.

    “J.R’s a special player,” Carmelo Anthony said last month, according to the Daily News. “To me and to everybody on this team he made a huge step forward as a basketball player and we look forward to that. For him to come out, win the Sixth Man of the Year award, helping us to win a division title, helping us to win 50-plus games, he was a big part to this team. I definitely would love him back here.”

    Smith is a New Jersey native who would like to remain with the Knicks, but if he gets $5-$6 million per year on the free agent market, he may opt to leave.

    The Knicks own the No. 24 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft and could go in a number of directions.

    They could take a point guard to replace Jason Kidd, now the coach of the Brooklyn Nets, and Pablo Prigioni, who also may not return.

    The top targets at point guard — Michael Carter-Williams, Trey Burke, C.J. McCollum and Shane Larkin — are all expected to be long gone by the 24th pick. The Knicks could opt to take someone like Nate Wolters of South Dakota State if they want a point guard.

    Or they could take a wing player such Tim Hardaway Jr., Allen Crabbe or Reggie Bullock.

    They also are looking at a couple of veterans in Shawne Williams, whom sources confirmed worked out Monday, and former Rutgers guard Quincy Douby, who comes on Tuesday, sources confirmed.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.