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J.R. Smith believes Carmelo Anthony will return to Knicks

Carmelo Anthony #7 and J.R. Smith #8 celebrate

Carmelo Anthony #7 and J.R. Smith #8 celebrate after a basket during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, January 30, 2014. Credit: Jim McIsaac

J.R. Smith has spent most of his career with Carmelo Anthony as his teammate, and he doesn't believe that will change.

Although Anthony plans to become a free agent, Smith thinks Anthony will remain with the Knicks.

"In my heart I believe he'll still be here," Smith said Wednesday night. "It's just a matter of him coming up with that decision. Whatever it is we're still going to be friends until our dying days, so whether he's on my team or he isn't I still love him like a brother."

The Bulls, Rockets, Lakers and Clippers are among the teams that may pursue Anthony, but he could make $34 million more by staying with the Knicks.

Smith, who could be a free agent next summer, had an interesting season. He was suspended the first five games for failing a drug test, fined for threatening Brandon Jennings on Twitter and trying to untie opponents' shoe laces during games. He also was benched twice for disciplinary reasons.

But Smith played well at the end. He's looking forward to his exit meeting with new president Phil Jackson today. Smith thinks Jackson can get him to raise his game as he did for Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

"I'm excited to pick his brain a little bit, see what I need to work on, where I can get better at," Smith said. "He's had the greatest at my position, so it'll be great to talk to him.

"The way he's challenged people mentally, I think it'll definitely work for me. For some reason people think I'm not a mentally tough or strong person, so it'll be great -- a good test for me."

Odom signed

The Knicks signed former Laker and Queens native Lamar Odom. He has a team option for next season. Odom, 34, will be evaluated this offseason to see if he can help the Knicks. But Jackson obviously knows and likes the versatile Odom, who helped the Lakers win two titles.

Surgery for K-Mart

Kenyon Martin said he will undergo arthroscopic surgery sooner than later on his injured left ankle, which sidelined him the last 35 games of the season. Martin, 36, wants to play next season and said he hopes it's with the Knicks.

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