Originally written on Turn On The Knicks  |  Last updated 11/6/14
An important thing to understand about the New York Knicks and JR Smith this off-season is that he is getting their 4.9 million Early Bird exception or nobody is. The money cannot be allocated elsewhere. There isn’t a “let JR walk and put that 4.9 million elsewhere” option. Considering Smith was second on the team in scoring, third in rebounding, fourth in assists and played in 80 games this year…his production wouldn’t be easily replaced anyway. There is an inevitable necessity for JR Smith to stay in New York. Smith averaged 18.1 points per game on 42% shooting with 5.3 rebounds per game. Where are you going to find production like that at shooting guard? Look around the NBA. Smith is a borderline top ten shooting guard right now. He is erratic and inconsistent with a poor track record in the playoffs, highlighted by a miserable showing this year. Yet, the Knicks aren’t finding a better 2-Guard this off-season. They need JR’s production to help get them back into the playoffs and...
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