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Nobody knows where LeBron James will go in free agency, but J.R. Smith doesn’t think it will be with the New York Knicks.
“Nah, don’t think so,” Smith told reporters in New York on Sunday. “Can’t see it.”
James, Smith and the Cavaliers visit the Knicks for a final time this season Monday night (7:30 p.m., NBA TV).
Smith was reacting to a billboard across the street from Madison Square Garden that was intending to recruit James to New York. Smith, a former member of the Knicks, laughed at the possibility.
“But that’s cool, though, man,” Smith said. “A lot of cities have tried that already. But we’ll see what happens.”
James is expected to become a free agent this offseason and can officially sign with a new team, or return to the Cavs, in July. He addressed some of the early free-agency buzz Sunday.
“I want to continue to win at the highest level, because I know I can still do it as an individual, and then my family,” James told cleveland.com. “My family is what’s most important to me, more than anything.”
The Cavs (49-31) can clinch the No. 4 seed in the East with a win over the Knicks either tonight or Wednesday at home. They still have an outside shot at the No. 3 seed.
The billboard across the street of MSG directed at James read, “King of New York? Prove it.”