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Smith (back) did not practice Tuesday, Scott Cacciola of the New York Times reports.

Smith is still dealing with back spasms, but he played 17 minutes off the bench Monday against Milwaukee, so Tuesday's day off was probably precautionary.

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Smith didn't feel any discomfort in his back after Friday's practice, the team's official site reports.

Smith suffered from back spasms that caused him to leave Tuesday's preseason game in the second quarter, but he returned in the second half. It appears there are no lingering effects of the injury, and he should be fine for the start of the regular season.

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Smith (back) left Tuesday's preseason game returned to Tuesday's preseason game in the second half, the New York Daily News reports.

Smith left with back spasms in the second quarter but returned in the second half to finish the game with four points on 1-of-7 shooting and played 23 minutes. He tweeted earlier in the offseason that he expects to start this season for the Knicks, and is in competition with Tim Hardaway and Iman Shumpert for playing time. He has shot 38.9 percent (14-for-36) from the field in the preseason, but has struggled form 3-point range, making just three of 14 shots from beyond the arc.

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Smith left Tuesday's game with back spasms and is probable to return, the Wall Street Journal's Chris Herring reports.

He was apparently walking gingerly before Tuesday's preseason game, but if he's probable to return, then it's hard to put much emphasis on his back spasms. However, it's something to continue to monitor throughout camp.

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The Knicks are reportedly considering trade options involving J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Shane Larkin.

"They're working on trying to make a move in the backcourt," a source told ESPN's Ian Begley. The Knicks have shown zero interest in moving Tim Hardaway Jr. to clear their logjam at SG, and for the moment there are no details about which teams might be involved if a trade does occur. Smith's trade value may be hampered by the $12.4 million he's owed over the next two seasons, and it doesn't help that he admitted he "was playing like a person who didn't want to be [in New York]" last season.

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J.R. Smith said he wouldn't blame Knicks president Phil Jackson and the team if they traded him this offseason.

Appearing on ESPN2's First Take on Wednesday, Smith said, "I was playing like a person who didn't want to be there. 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." The Knicks currently have a glut of shooting guards and Smith could be the first to go if the team can find a trader partner. He averaged 14.5 points, 2.6 three-pointers, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 0.9 steals in 2013-14, so he'll still hold decent fantasy value heading into the 2014-15 season.

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If Carmelo Anthony goes to play for Miami, J.R. Smith said on Twitter that he wouldn't talk to him again.

He's probably just kidding, but we thought we'd just pass this little gossipy item along. Anthony is the godfather to Smith's daughter, so again this is probably nothing. It's been a slow news day, folks.

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J.R. Smith tweeted "no more bench for me" on Tuesday morning regarding his bench role for next season.

The Knicks had a number of injuries in 2013-14, leading to Smith starting 37 games and coming off the bench for 37. With new coach Derek Fisher around, perhaps Smith was informed he would be the starting shooting guard or he could just have his heart set on it. Regardless, he'll still be bombing plenty of 3-pointers next season and will look to build off his career-high 2.6 triples per game.

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J.R. Smith played 23 minutes and hit 3-of-8 shots and three 3-pointers for 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in Tuesday's win.

This was not quite the line we were expecting from Smith with Carmelo Anthony in street clothes, but even though he didn't shoot it 30 times, he still managed to fill the stat sheet. And we fully expect him to do it again on Wednesday, assuming he plays.

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J.R. Smith cooled off on Sunday but still scored 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting in a win vs. the Bulls.

Smith went 5-of-9 from downtown and he's now averaging 24.0 points in five April games. It took him a long time to really heat up this season, and he was nearly un-ownable for the season's first few months, but this serves as a nice reminder of his upside when healthy and given a green light offensively.