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J.R. Smith turned down more from Lakers to be Knick. Will he leave money on table again?

Apr 26, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT

New York Knicks' Smith celebrates scoring past Washington Wizards during their NBA basketball game in Manhattan Reuters

J.R. Smith can opt out after this season and become a free agent. And he will.

We knew that already but his father basically confirmed that to the New York Post. Then threw in an interesting tidbit — Smith had a bigger offer on the table from the Lakers but took the Knicks deal anyway.

Which leads to the bigger question — the Knicks are limited in what they can offer Smith, if another team comes in over the top with a bigger offer will Smith remain loyal to the Knicks?

Earl said his son has already taken less to be a Knick, claiming the Lakers had a superior offer last summer.

“It depends on what’s on the table,’’ Earl said. “He’s already taken a lot less the last two years to play here. Whatever the decision, I support.

If that larger offer comes, Smith thinks his son should thank Mike Woodson for it.

“I got to give all the credit to Knicks organization and Coach Woodson,’’ Earl Smith told The Post yesterday. “When you got a coach like that, anything’s possible.”

The Knicks have Smith’s Early-Bird rights, which means the most they can offer him is 104.5 percent of the average league salary. That figure has yet to be determined for next season, but safe to say the Knicks will be able to offer about $5.5 million give or take, and it must be a two-year deal at least.

Other teams under the salary cap can come in and offer more. How much more they would offer is the question — he’s the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, but he’s a gunner who takes (and often makes) bad shots. He doesn’t fit in every system. It will take the right coach and fit.

My guess is no team will come in so far over the top that Smith will be tempted, and he will stay with the Knicks. That said, never underestimate what a GM that has cap space and who needs a splash will do.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Why is everyone posting these articles so much? He’s not going anywhere. I get that the Knicks are the only team that can beat the Heat, so people want to break up what they’ve got, but JR has made it clear that he is happy being HOME and not going anywhere else for a couple hundred thousand more to be on a losing squad.

    • erckle31 - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      So we should never talk about players who had big years and are now free agents? How’d Lin work out?

      • dondada10 - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        The Knicks let Lin walk; it wasn’t that they couldn’t sign him.

      • fanofevilempire - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        I can’t believe how Melo won the scoring title and lead the Knickerbockers
        to the division and helped make them a favorite to play the Heat in the ECF
        without Jeremy Lin, it is truly amazing.

        I hope JR stays in NYC but he has get the most dead presidents he can,if
        there is a small difference I hope he will stay.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    And BTW, JJ Redick is a better fit for Dallas, so let’s just settle that right now.

  3. erckle31 - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    As a Laker fan, good for him. He would’ve played like 10 minutes a game with Kobe getting every last minute. Now if Kobe doesn’t come back…I still don’t think I would want him taking Dwight’s shots (if he resigns). So many ifs…depressing.

  4. rickyspanish - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:31 PM


    It’s not worth your time to lay down rational thoughts to Mr Wright, he’s completely delusional.

    • tuberippin - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Not delusional, just very biased.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      SAYS A HEAT FAN???

  5. dondada10 - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    I think the most the Knicks can offer is approximately 4/25. I can see a couple of teams coming in with offers better than that.

    That’s essentially the deal Steve Novak got, and J.R. is a world better than Novak.

    • stoudemelo - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Novak received 14million over 4 years not 25 mil.

      Much different, yes he’s worlds better but will also make much more given the max the Knicks can offer.

  6. heat256 - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    You’ll see what he’s made of when teams make offers. Haslem took below market because he was loyal and is a Florida guy. Some guys will take less, but many won’t. And that’s their right. If JR decides he wants for money, more minutes, more everything, more power to him. If it doesn’t work out, then the fans get to roast his ass nightly. And that’s their right too.

  7. halfbaht - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Funny, Mr. Wright 212 said the same thing about Jeremy Lin not going anywhere and we all know how that turned out

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      No I didn’t, and it was good riddance to that lying rat bastard.

  8. money2long - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    it took a while for jr smith to submit to the 6th man role because he was so bent on being a starter. and so to me, i don’t think the lakers would have given him a starting role and therefore, even though they had the superior offer, jr went with new york because of the familiar players and with the belief he could secure a starting job.

  9. badintent - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Dolan can speed dial lots of guys in pinstripe suits that hire pro jocks to do ENDORSEMENTS.$$$millions in money for comercials. It’s NYC , IT’S WHAT WE DO. J.R. will only move out if his agent is a moron.Or Scott Boras.

  10. mstiger1 - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    erckle31, why would anyone want to go to the Lakers??? They suck!!! They have the worst chemistry in the league.

  11. halfbaht - Apr 27, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Mr Wright 212 I’ll remind you of what you said this time when JR takes more money and runs 😉

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