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Old 01-07-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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Default Can the Knicks pay J.R. Smith w/e they want...

in the offseason to retain him? I don't really know how bird rights work or anything. If they are willing to pay the luxury tax then are they able to compete with some other teams that may be willing to offer him a large contract after this season?
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:51 PM   #2
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Default Re: Can the Knicks pay J.R. Smith w/e they want...

He has an option for next season, right?

I think the Knicks have his Bird rights because they signed him as a free agent after his China stint, so they can go as high as they wnt to sign him if they don't mind upping their tax bill for a bench guy.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:56 PM   #3
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He has an option for next season, right?

I think the Knicks have his Bird rights because they signed him as a free agent after his China stint, so they can go as high as they wnt to sign him if they don't mind upping their tax bill for a bench guy.

I'm not positive, but I think he may have an option for next season. But he could decide not to take the option if he knows more money can be made elsewhere.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:01 PM   #4
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Default Re: Can the Knicks pay J.R. Smith w/e they want...

If I'm right....and I usually am....

The Knicks CANNOT pay JR Smith anything they want. JR Smith has been a Knick for 2 years. That means Knicks have his "Early Bird" rights.

Early Bird rights means Knicks can pay JR anything up to the average NBA salary. So essentially, the same amount of money as the MLE. Actually, it's higher of 175% of salary or average salary....for JR, that means average salary.

If JR wants to remain a Knick, he'll have to accept MLE type money. Otherwise, a team with sufficient cap space could "steal" JR from the Knicks with a big offer.

Will MLE money be enough for JR? Yes, I think it will be....he loves playing for Knicks and for Woodson, and I think he'll stay.
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If I'm right....and I usually am....

The Knicks CANNOT pay JR Smith anything they want. JR Smith has been a Knick for 2 years. That means Knicks have his "Early Bird" rights.

Early Bird rights means Knicks can pay JR anything up to the average NBA salary. So essentially, the same amount of money as the MLE. Actually, it's higher of 175% of salary or average salary....for JR, that means average salary.

If JR wants to remain a Knick, he'll have to accept MLE type money. Otherwise, a team with sufficient cap space could "steal" JR from the Knicks with a big offer.

Will MLE money be enough for JR? Yes, I think it will be....he loves playing for Knicks and for Woodson, and I think he'll stay.

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Default Re: Can the Knicks pay J.R. Smith w/e they want...

He can get 5.5 mil. I don't think another team would offer more than 7. 8 would be a big reach.
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