7:02pm: Unrestricted free agent J.R. Smith is nearing an agreement to re-sign with the Knicks, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News tweets that nothing is official yet, but the two sides are finalizing a deal. Wojnarowski adds, again via Twitter, that the amount of years and options in the deal are still being discussed.
Today alone, we've seen several reports indicate Smith would be difficult for the Knicks to retain. Chris Copeland and Pablo Prigioni are also free agents that the team may be interested in bringing back.
7:30pm: Earl Smith, J.R.'s father, told several reporters, including ESPN's Ian Begley, that they have a "couple" offers on the table, and that nothing will be signed until Friday (Twitter links here). The Smiths are hoping for a better offer, and none of the ones on the table have bowled them over.
9:28pm: Frank Isola of the New York Daily News writes that the proposed deal from the Knicks is for four years and worth $24MM.
Knicks really have no choice but to play this out with their current roster but seems like a pretty lengthy contract to me. So is anyone stupid enough to offer this guy that many years for that much money?
6th Man of the year JR Smith is getting Kyle Korver money...that is odd.
This sounds about right. There aren't many teams more stupid than the knicks! Maybe Jordan might be stupid enough to give JR more!
that you think 6 mill a year for J.R Smith would be crazy amount a money to offer him..
He's definitely better then korver
JR is better than Korver, but more importantly JR knows he's better than Korver, that's why I would think he would go elsewhere for more. And since Korver was overpaid I would assume JR would be massively overpaid.
Exactly Korver averaged double figures one of the last 7 seasons. JR Smith averaged 18 a game last season on a team that won 54 games and double figures 8 out of 9 seasons he has been in the league. He does have the knucklehead factor to deal with but it seems like he figured it out a lot this year and is a very talented scorer who can do more than just shoot like Korver.
Im surprised he didn't end up on a team out west, guess he punked out b/c the Knicks are not comig close to winning the east, why stay lol thats why I was thinking he may should have waited until Howard made up his mind and then drifted to Houston, OKC or even the Clippers if he was going to take that kind of deal to have a real chance on a title contending team, like why continue to fight Mia, Indy, Chi and the Nets when you know ya team don't stand a chance, not even a lucky one
Who's to say the Clippers, who are already over the cap, or Thunder even want him?
wow that is a steal
...is kind of a tricky one. On the one hand he did have really good numbers and a 6th man trophy on a 50+ win team last year so 6 million a year seems like a bargain. However, there's obviously some intangibles baggage with him and to offer him a mid level deal like that over 4 years is a long time. If his production/chemistry/general value to the team goes down then that's going to be an irritating 6M to shift down the track. I thought a win-now-mode team might offer him slightly more on a 1-2 year deal to play just the role he did with the Knicks, though I'm not sure any team currently fits that mould/salary structure.
Won 6th man of the year, averaged career high numbers, and gets the same amount of money as Kyle Korver? For a guy who is always in the news about needing money why not forget a championship team and pursue big bucks.
I hope you aren't considering the Knicks a championship level team? They added the Italian Steve Novak for 8 million more per year than they were paying the American Steve Novak....that surely won't be the move that puts them over the top.
I guess this is good. It is, keeping a talented wing, maintaining our ability to stretch defense with three point shooters, keeping a capable ball handler, etc... However, the Knicks issues stem from lack of quality PG play behind Felton and a dearth of quality bigs on the Knicks. Rather, the overall lack of toughness our big men. And Elton Brand, long my favorite player because of our shared hometown, is not the youthful, long term answer we need.
Knicks doing shrewd business, so this is the end........