The New York Knicks have a huge offseason ahead of them that could very well shape the franchise’s future of rate next half decade. The question of whether or not Carmelo Anthony will re-sign with the team has been lingering all season long, but with the Knicks out of the playoffs and their season almost over, that question will leap to the forefront of everyone’s mind in New York.
But while the two sides remain generally mum on the issue, a third party has offered up his silence as well. J.R Smith has stated that he won’t be talking to Melo about free agency this offseason.
JR Smith said he doesnt plan to talk to Carmelo this summer about free agency. Said if he did, Melo would probably stop returning his calls
— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) April 16, 2014
Smith has been one of the notable distractions for the Knicks this season and he’s wise to understand he’s not a bargaining tool to get Melo back in New York. Smith isn’t a terrible player, he’s just not someone the Knicks want speaking for them and he won’t be doing that publicly or privately this summer.