J.R. Smith is confident the Knicks can win the Eastern Conference this season, but is he confident he'll be a part of the team? Smith appeared on ESPN2’s "First Take" on Wednesday, talked about the Knicks’ glut at shooting guard and said he "wouldn’t blame" team president Phil Jackson and the Knicks if the team had decided to trade him last season. "No. Absolutely not. The way I was playing, I was playing like a person who didn’t want to be there," Smith said. "Not looking as focused as a person should be in that situation that we were, in the trenches. I wouldn’t blame them at all." Of course, the Knicks didn’t deal Smith by last season’s trade deadline, but the Knicks this season are a bit overstocked at shooting guard with Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert on the roster. Hardaway Jr. and Shumpert were mentioned in recent trade discussions between the Knicks and other teams that were centered around Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani, according to sources. Smith said on Wednesday that he’s "cognizant" one of the shooting guards on the roster could be traded before the start of the season.
J.R. 'wouldn't blame' Phil for trading him
ESPN New York | Jul 17