“The Knicks may have more success on the trade market. If they lose Copeland in free agency, they are permitted to work out a sign-and-trade and perhaps can get back a trade exception that could be worth around $4 million. They could then use that trade exception to give a team for a player who makes that wage, and throw in some cash to spice up the deal. They are also not averse to trading 3-point specialist Novak.”
Tommy DeeVery good stuff here from the diligent Berman who also notes that the Knicks have Elton Brand, Lamar Odom, Devon Harris, Will Bynum, C.J. Watson and the potential of re-signing Kenyon Martin on their list. I think keeping Martin is incredibly important and signing Watson would be a shrewd move. Watson had a very strong season with the Nets and was impressive in the playoffs.
There is also feeling, via Berman, that re-signing JR Smith is their top priority. I don’t agree and have been told as much by someone close to the situation. They expect JR to get more on the market, as Smith himself does. If he does don’t expect a “hometown discount” although reading Smith’s decision making, as you’d expect, is as hard off the court as on it.