After the ‘ bitter end to the season came Saturday night in a 106-99 loss to the Pacers, made it clear how much he wants to retuster United has surely ended this season’s title race, leaving the champions 14 points behind Liverpool and on course for their worst points tally under Pep Guardiola. His time at the club might be coming to an end.Leicester City’s eighth successive rn to New York in free agency this summer.
“I want to retire a Knick. I don’t want to go anywhere else,” Smith said. “I love my teammates, I love my coaches. I was standing in the locker room looking at my jersey after the game and just knowing that I don’t want to be anywhere else except in the orange and blue. We’ll see.”
Still, when asked if he’d be willing to take less money to remain in New York, Smith hedged and added, “I haven’t even thought about all of the matchday squad for their win over Leicester City on Saturday.The midfielder has made eight appearances so far this campaign, having returned from a serious knee injury towards the back-end of last season.However, only four of them have been stthat, that far. I still have to talk to [agent Leon Rose] and see where we’re at.”
Smith signed in the offseason for two years at roughly $7.7 million with an opt out after this seaout the time that Diego Costa got into it with Nathaniel Chalobah.Now at PSG, Bulka has spoken about an incident where Chalobah fell to the ground in training, and Costa thought he was faking.The Spanish striker was furious with Chalobah, and they neson on a gamble he could parlay that into a much bigger deal. He flourished with the Knicks this season, at least in the eyes of the general public, winning the Sixth Man of the Year Award after a blistering two-month stretch to end the season.
From December through February, he shot 39 percent.
But the playoffs were the real struggle for him.
In the playoffs, he averaged 14.3 points per game on 14.8 field goal attempts per game. That’s right, he had more shots than points. After being suspended for Game 4 in the first-round series against Boston for elbowing Jason Terry in the head, and then showing up to what became a Game 5 loss dressed in black “for a funeral,” Smith shot just 29 percent from the field for the rest of the playoffs.
To make matters worse, on camera out at clubs throughout both series. That sound you hear is Smith’s agent slamming his head into his desk.
Still, the Knicks like Smith, and feel he’s the kind of supporting scorer Carmelo Anthony needs to win a title. Whether they believe he can recover from this performance is a different question. Smith took the blame constantly for his and the team’s struggles, and seemed to take it personally that he couldn’t be there when needed most.
Now he and the Knicks will have to think long and hard about exactly what he’s worth to the franchise.