Because Smith would be an early Bird free agent if he opts out this summer, under the first calculation, the Knicks can offer him a starting salary of $4.9 million by using the 175 percent rule.
Under the second calculation, they could offer Smith 104.5 percent of whatever is the average player salary for the 2012-13 season, a number we won’t know until July 1, 2013, when the league’s finances for the previous season are fully accounted.
But for all intents and purposes, we can safely assume that the average player salary will end up being around $5.34 million. Under the second calculation, the Knicks could give Smith a starting salary of $5.58 million.
So, that’s it.
Tommy DeeAnd there’s no way that’s going to be enough. The Knicks rescued J.R. from China and there is loyalty, at least in theory, seeing that he’s a hometown kid (relatively) and that he’s grown as a man under Mike Woodson.
All marketing in my opinion.
Let’s not forget the few weeks where Smith was on full gunner mode and the moments where fans scratched their head as often as Woodson scratched his goatee. I don’t think Woodson has completely reeled Smith in as much as J.R.’s own wisdom and surrounding influences have forced him to focus on understanding this is time to get paid.
There’s no chance with this much success and momentum that Smith takes less money to make more money down the road. Too many variables.
It’s just too risky.