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Bucks may be the team that makes a big offer to J.R. Smith

Jul 3, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

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There have been a few teams reportedly interested in pursuing the reigning Sixth Man of the Year in J.R. Smith, but any offer to pry him away from the Knicks would have to come at a fairly high price.

New York can only offer Smith a four-year deal in the neighborhood of $25 million under their current cap situation, and with players like J.J. Redick and Kevin Martin already receiving more than that with their new teams, Smith figures to be in line for a bigger payday if he chooses to go out and get it.

The team that may step up first to offer that is the Milwaukee Bucks.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

The Bucks, who have gutted their team and have plenty of cap space, are shaping up as the leading suitor for J.R. Smith.

But if Smith leaves the Knicks to get more bucks in Milwaukee, he will find himself in a rebuilding program. That’s the decision the Freehold, N.J., native, has to make.

Take less to stay with the hometown Knicks, who can offer a four-year, roughly $25 million contract — which comes to $6.25 million a season after yearly raises — or follow the “green’’ jerseys of Milwaukee or another under-the-cap club willing to make a four-year commitment. The market value is being set for him to get an offer of at least $7 million per year.

Smith has enjoyed playing in New York, perhaps even a bit too much at times. Milwaukee isn’t close in terms of the activities it can provide outside of basketball, so it’s likely that the Bucks would have to overpay significantly to get Smith to consider leaving a good team in a great city for whatever Milwaukee’s franchise has to offer.

A deal starting at what Monta Ellis turned down to stay with the Bucks — $36 million over three years — just might do the trick.

  1. jamieaadams - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Decisions like signing J.R. Smith to a big deal are what make the Bucks the Bucks. God bless ’em.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      stf you haters, come back JR, you ride with us.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        I’m not a hater. For those who like their team, be it the Knicks or whichever team, they should want it to be constructed the best way possible to win. A big, good pick and roll, a guy who can drive and penetrate, good shooters on the outside to stretch the D to free up the big man down low and to free up the lane for the guy that can drive and penetrate.

        On basketball reference dot com, one may look at the all time NBA true shooting percentage leaders. This takes into account 2 pt shooting, 3 pt shooting and free throw shooting. It measures a players ability to shoot the ball effectively.

        J.R. smith is currently ranked at number 235 on the all time in true shooting percentage.

        Carmelo Anthony is currently ranked at number 199.

        Here are some others for comparison:

        Steve Nash is currently at 13th

        Dwight Howard is current at 17th (and this takes into account his free throws too now)

        A’mare Stoudemire is 19th

        Kevin Martin is 20th

        Kevin Durant is 25th

        Manu Ginobili is 30th

        Ray Allen is 48th

        Cory Maggette is 53rd

        LeBron James is 58th

        Pau Gasol is 61st

        Chris Bosh is 70th

        MICHAEL JORDAN is 73rd

        Paul Pierce is 74th

        Dwayne Wade is 79th

        LARRY BIRD is 90th

        Shane Battier is 103rd

        B.J. Armstrong and Rolando Blackman are tied for 128th

        Kobe Bryant is 130th

        Tim Duncan is 156th

        Tony Parker is 165 th

        Kevin Garnett is 177th

        Dennis Rodman is 195th

        Carmelo Anthony is 199th

        J.R. Smith is 235th

        The Knicks do not need to guys who shoot as much as each of them do and who shoot as poorly as each of them do on the same team. Since I’m not a Knicks fan, I hope he does go back to the Knicks.

        The Knicks average a bit over 81.5 shots a game last year, right about what most teams average as there are only so many shots and possessions in an NBA game that are possible due to the games being 48 min’s long and due to the shot clock.

        Since most teams only get around 81 or so shots a game, they need to make them count.

        Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith combined to take 37.8 out of the 81.5 shots the Knicks took each game last year.

        The Knicks were 18th in team shooting percentage.

        And since all Knicks fans want their team to win the championship, how did the other top teams do as a team in shooting percentage?

        The Heat were number one in team shooting percentage.

        The Spurs and the Thunder were tied for second in team shooting percentage.

        I’d say those were the 3 best teams in the NBA last year.

      • soflasfinest - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        Knicks suck!

      • jamieaadams - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        Bwahahahaha! C’mon, J.R., lead us back to the second round! Vacation starts early in the NYC!

    • zerole00 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      This is what I don’t get, if the Bucks have gutted their team why spend the money? Smith isn’t someone you can build around. Why sign him to a big contract when they can just tank and 1) get a good draft pick or 2) have the cap space to sign better future free agents. This upcoming season’s already a wash.

  2. loubearkane - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    You don’t give J.R. Smith or Nate Robinson anything more then ONE year deals.

  3. xli2006 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    JR Smith, Josh Smith, Andrew Bynum, and Dwight Howard just aren’t worth the pricetags for the baggage they bring with them.

    • zerole00 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      JR Smith doesn’t bring baggage or medical concerns like the others, he’s just inconsistent.

  4. 13arod - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    To me it looked like the bucks were rebuilding because they traded redick for draft picks and tried to trade their starting point guard

  5. cantonbound13 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Buyer beware.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      beware of what?

      • zerole00 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        Missed shots.

  6. money2long - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    “if Smith leaves the Knicks to get more bucks in Milwaukee”
    ha, i caught that.. bucks in milwaukee. nice one.

  7. eboneseagles - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM


  8. eboneseagles - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Article is pointless now since they just offered Korver some ridiculous deal.

  9. bellerophon30 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    $12 million per year for JR Smith. If he gets that, I’m preparing for Armageddon, because it clearly means that the world is ending.

  10. sportsnut101 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Well if reddick got 7 mil n jr smith way better then reddick then at least 7 or 8 over 3 yrs

    Maybe another sign n trade

  11. fm31970 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Please sign Korver over JR Smith. Smith would be a disaster in Milwaukee. JR, take the NY money and stay there. It’s a good fit for you, and with a good financial advisor you can be set for life.

  12. mvp43 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no………….Dont do it Bucks. Another dumb signing that wont work out. You’ll have to over pay in order to get him here and he’s not worth it.

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