After a poor performance in Game 5 against the Miami Heat, New York Knicks shooting guard JR Smith was rumored to be heading elsewhere this off-season in free agency.

However, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Smith could be opting in now to the final year of his contract. It is believed to be a $2.5 million player-option.

In fact, the Post has learned Smith is leaning toward opting into the final year of his contract with the new CBA’s structure for middle class players. Smith stands to make $2.5 million next season, but his lousy playoff in which he shot 31 percent could lead him to return.

Smith was signed by the Knicks during mid-season after his season in China ended. The 26-year-old ended up averaging 12.5 points per game this year.

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