J.R. Smith is leaning toward re-signing with the Knicks, according to his brother, who relayed the message while playing golf with J.R. in Los Angeles.
"He loves New York," said Chris Smith, J.R.’s younger sibling. "He's looking for a great situation, and whatever suits him right, that's what he'll do. The main thing is him being happy; that's all that really matters. But if I had to put a guess on it, he'll be back in New York."
The Knicks have made no secret of their desire to retain Smith.
"We want to keep both (Lin and Novak) and keep Landry and J.R.," Knicks GM Glen Grunwald said on draft night. "They're all valuable players and we're going to try to keep all four of them. We have some (recruiting) plans. We've been in contact with our own free agents and they've expressed their desire to come back. They know we love them and want them. We'll do the negotiating and hopefully it all works out."