Skip to content

Reports: Knicks, J.R. Smith agree to four year deal

Jul 4, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York Reuters

Happy Fourth of July, Knicks fans.

We told you yesterday the two sides were getting close, now multiple reports and word from his agent confirm that the Knicks and J.R. Smith have agreed to terms on a new deal that will keep the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year racking up points for the Knicks next season and beyond.

Smith should be happy because his salary just more than doubled.

That salary is the max the Knicks could offer having Smith’s Early Bird rights (it starts at 104 percent of the league average salary, or about $5.4 million next season, then goes up with raises from there). Four years for a player who turns 28 before next season should not be a big issue.

This is a signing the Knicks needed, Smith is a key part of their success and they would have had a hard time replacing his production. Smith, 27, was the second leading scorer on the Knicks averaging 18.2 points a game and shot 42.2 percent overall, 35.6 percent from three. Smith can be frustrating because he takes a lot of bad, contested jump shots, the thing is he makes more of those than he should. On the nights those shots are falling he lights up Madison Square Garden.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Value is relative I suppose.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      glad to see him back!

    • jacksonkane - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      A better value than Amare – that’s so for sure…

    • jacksonkane - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      A better value than Amare – that’s for sure…

      • fanofevilempire - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        are you sure?

  2. spthegr8 - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Good for the Knicks on re-signing J.R Swish. Now they just gotta keep him away from Rihanna. I’m telling you, she is like Poison Ivy from Batman. She is a MAN EATER!!!!! Not a coincidence that, he started stuggling after being seen with her partying!!!!

    • stayhigh_247 - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      do you blame him though? who wouldn’t want that notch on their belt?

      • spthegr8 - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        @stayhigh_247
        Nah, I don’t. LoL,She is Mooooooooooooooooney!!!!!

      • spthegr8 - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        @stayhigh_247
        To answer the 2nd part of your question. I can tell you who wouldn’t want that notch on their belt……..???? Jason Collins wouldn’t!!

      • fanofevilempire - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        don’t you man a notch on her belt…….
        that is on wicked Bajan girl…..

  3. cantonbound13 - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Prigioni is next.

  4. jaredo10 - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    nice now hopefully Pablo and Copeland to follow

  5. money2long - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    good job new york ! great choice JR

  6. stayhigh_247 - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Melo just came in off the ledge….

  7. mrmet21 - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Needed him back especially becuz he’s a much improved defender. However he is bipolar. One nite in the zone next nite cold as ice. He disappeared against Indy when we shoulda beat them. All in all he proved he could succeed here and we now will have a potent 2nd unit to keep our main guys rested and healthy for another playoff run.

  8. bball1950 - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Great! Now we can see his chucks for 4 years!

    • money2long - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      6th man of the year . that is all.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      well you don’t have to watch, check out the Nets

      • jamieaadams - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        They will be playing longer than the Knicks do next season…

  9. thebigtebowski - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    $6 million a year for his offense and energy? Money well spent. Keep getting the big booty hoes JR

  10. illad3lph1a - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    4years of a head case /streaky shooter…mello had jr in Denver with the same story.. Good luck Knicks

  11. jamieaadams - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    So, seriously, and barring injury, where does this put the Knicks next season in the East? Fifth behind the Heat, Pacers, Bulls, and Nets?

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      do you have a crystal ball, you sure do know everything.
      I live in Brooklyn and I know The Nets are fake Brooklyn, like
      yuppie rich people fake.

      • jamieaadams - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:53 AM

        Yeah, I’m the first person in the history of basketball to make a prediction on the upcoming season. I would ask if you noticed it was a question, by the way, but you notice very little.

  12. fanofevilempire - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    jamieaadams – Jul 4, 2013 at 3:52 PM
    They will be playing longer than the Knicks do next season…
    ————————————————————————————————————

    based on their performance in getting beat by a team missing 3 starters in the playoffs
    and adding two guys that are about 40 years old and adding a rookie head coach,
    I think your talking sheet.

    • jamieaadams - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      No problem, because I’m 100% certain you’re full of “sheet.”

  13. Terrence Hunter - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Guess the Knicks wanted that pipe:

    http://deadspin.com/5986076/ladies-jr-smiths-twitter-come+on-will-have-you-sopping-wet

  14. dysraw1 - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    J.R man two years in a row i watch you get slade in the second season. we can’t have that the next four years

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Why can't Lakers have a player-coach?
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. T. Warren (4654)
  2. L. James (4265)
  3. K. Love (3984)
  4. J. Nelson (3540)
  5. R. Allen (3373)
  1. D. Rose (3040)
  2. C. Anthony (2932)
  3. K. Bryant (2793)
  4. A. Wiggins (2266)
  5. A. Aminu (2130)