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Report: Dennis Smith Jr. hopeful for a relocation away from Knicks

Dennis Smith Jr., Knicks, Bulls

New York Knicks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. is hoping to get traded at the NBA trade deadline, according to Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News.

The Knicks had conversations with the Minnesota Timberwolves about Smith before Minnesota traded Jeff Teague to the Atlanta Hawks:

Even without a Morris deal, the Knicks could still be active before the trade deadline. Dennis Smith Jr. is hopeful for a relocation, according to a source, and it was believed the Timberwolves were the prime suitors before they traded Jeff Teague.

Smith has appeared in 24 games for the Knicks this season. He’s averaging 5.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists while shooting 33.6 percent from the field, 30.2 percent from beyond the arc and 50.0 percent from the free-throw line.

New York acquired Smith from the Dallas Mavericks last season in the blockbuster Kristaps Porzingis trade. Smith and his camp almost requested a trade from the Knicks after the franchise signed veteran guard Elfrid Payton in free agency.

It remains to be seen what the Knicks end up doing with Smith, who is one of the most athletic guards in the game, but still struggles to score the ball outside the paint. He has career NBA averages of 13.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists.