Smith, however, told Marc Berman of The New York Post he wants to remain with the Knicks, so New York fans have to decide who they want to believe:
Asked by The Post point blank at Saturday’s morning shootaround at Georgetown if he still wants to be here, Smith said, “I like playing for the Knicks. So whatever I’ve got to do, I’m going to take care of that.’’
So you want to be here?
“Right, I want to be here. It hasn’t been in my mind. You know what I’m saying? My thing is to take care of what I got going on now. I’m with the New York Knicks, so I try to be the best version of me with this team.”
Dennis Smith Jr. has appeared in 21 games this season for the Knicks. He's averaging 5.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 16.1 minutes while shooting 32.5 percent from the field, 29.3 percent from beyond the arc and 50.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Ian Begley of SNY previously reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves were interested in trading for Smith. The Knicks acquired Smith from the Dallas Mavericks last season in the blockbuster Kristaps Porzingis trade.
The Knicks are 8-24 on the season. They have the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference, but are coming off an impressive win over the Brooklyn Nets.