Free agents Tyreke Evans, JJ Redick and Kevin Martin all received contracts worth north of 7 million dollars, a great sign for J.R. Smith albeit a terrible sign if the Knicks intend to keep him.
ESPN-NY is reporting that Detroit, Milwaukee and Charlotte are circling the wagons in trying to pry Smith away from New York.
“Other teams, such as Charlotte, Dallas and reportedly Houston, are expected to show interest in Smith, depending on what happens with the top free agents on the market. All three teams are under the salary cap and can offer Smith more than the $5.5 million over four years that the Knicks can offer, if they choose,” writes Ian Begley.
One person close to Smith believes that, if all offers are equal, the 2012-13 Sixth Man Award winner will choose to return to New York.
Tommy DeeI don’t see any way J.R. turns down a payday again. He already has been very generous, at least financially, to the Knicks and he is in his absolute prime. I firmly believe he’s going to get as much as the other free agents and that money simply can’t be passed on.