Earl Smith Expects J.R. Will Opt Out of Knicks Deal

Earl Smith expects J.R. Smith to opt out of his Knicks’ deal and test free agency this summer.

The elder Smith made the comments to the New York Post, confirming an earlier report by Moke Hamilton of SheridanHoops.com.

“It depends on what’s on the table,” the elder Smith told the Post. “He’s already taken a lot less the last two years to play here. Whatever the decision, I support. I would love for him to be here but I have my other two sons here.” One of those sons is Chris Smith, who hopes to make the Knicks roster next season after rehabbing a torn patella tendon earlier this year.

Because J.R. Smith will have Early-Bird rights, the most the Knicks can offer the newly-minted NBA Sixth Man of the Year is a four-year deal beginning at $4.9 million per season. But the Knicks can be outbid by teams below the salary cap.

Smith is making $2.8 this season, compared with the $4.05 million Steve Novak is making.

Novak has made one field goal in the series, while Smith is averaging 17 points in the series.

Earl Smith’s comments confirm a report from SheridanHoops.com after the Knicks’ victory over the Celtics in Game 2 in which a source said Smith is “very, very likely” to opt out.

“I’m not really worried about it right now,” J.R. said Tuesday when he won the Sixth Man Award. “I’m worried about playing for the New York Knicks…against Boston. When that time comes I’ll worry about it when it comes.”

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437 comments
bob
bob

Sounds like in this interview. The question was put to Todd  Bowle's  since he a defensive coach about drafting an edge rusher and Todd's answer was he's not the defensive coordinator anymore,he the head coach and is responsible for both sides of the ball. Todd wants balance on both side's of the ball.


Mike Maccagnan said there good talent at pic six which will enable the Jets to get a great player and in addition to the best talent they will also look for to fill a needed position..


I think the Jets will draft for a need. Sounds like offense player to me guys I think from this interview. 




http://www.newyorkjets.com/videos/videos/Jets-STH-Quiz-Bowles--Maccagnan/8958ccdf-73ab-4f11-b5df-5de2b521b1ae    April 3 2015 interveiw

hazard2012
hazard2012

@bob


I thought the responses Macc n' Bowles gave were interesting, as well.   Bowles' response that he was not a DC anymore was refreshing.  Not something Rex would ever say.   Do believe he's looking for balance, and for the team to play complementary football.   


Got the impression Macc was being cagey re the draft, touching on moving up, standing pat, moving back...leaving all options open; which he should.   Think he did say he'd go BPA (as has Bowles), but would use need to break ties in case two players on board were closely rated.    


I didn't get impression, however, that they were favoring one side of the ball in draft more than the other.   I honestly don't know what they'll do at #6.    

bradysucks
bradysucks

@bob 

Bowles has an awareness of the ENTIRE team. Unlike the unprepared Rex Ryan who chose to lean on defense and brag about defense like a clown it's apparent that Bowles has the humility and vision to see the BIG picture. Bowles put that season holder who wanted a pass rusher in the 1st round in his proper place. Obviously the Jets may still take an edge rusher with the 6th pick but it is refreshing to hear a Jets head coach thinking about what best improves the TEAM as opposed to being a GREEDY PIG obsessed only with a dominant defense.....


The more I listen to Bowles the more I like him. He gets it. He is responsible for BOTH sides of the ball

bob
bob

@hazard2012 @bob


Todd talk about balance on both side's of the ball. So my best guess is that the defense is better than the offense right now, will see  

hazard2012
hazard2012

@bob @hazard2012


That's true.   All kinds of ways to achieve that balance...both now and over the next few years.   I'm curious how the new regime will navigate the draft and can't wait to see which choices they'll may.   

bradysucks
bradysucks

@bob @bradysucks 


People who inherit things often tend to be more careless with them because they have never struggled in poverty and don't always see the value of a dollar.....Obviously there are always exceptions


I use that analogy because it's obvious to me that Bowles has paid his dues as a coach and it has taken him a long time to get here. This makes me believe that he won't be careless or over confident. It makes me think he'll do what is best for both sides of the ball. Rex Ryan took TOO MUCH pride in his defense. It was maddening to see a head coach think in that way when his offense was at the bottom of the NFL in most relevant passing categories

bob
bob

@bradysucks @bob


Rex favored players some that maybe should have not be starting.. I like what Todd said during the coarse of the season and making adjustment  to get better and better during the coarse of a season .. I like that sounds like Parcels

bob
bob

@Hanknaples @bob @hazard2012


I got to tell ya . I'm getting happy. cant wait to see this thing come together..Mr Johnstones was very smart seeking help from football guys to find a GM and coach. IT payed off

bradysucks
bradysucks

@bob @bradysucks 



Rex was a lot of fun.....but he is the most overrated coach in NY Jets history who inherited great talent and was along for the ride.......He 's a great defensive coach but as a head coach he is as overrated as they come. I wouldn't trust Rex to build a LEGO set.....but if it was already built he could play with it and BOAST about the construction

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@bradysucks @bob

Bradysucks...I said at the time of hire that Rexy was not a Had coach, just a DC learning to be a HC!!!

Well he NEVER Learned and the sad part is that his Bible (Buddy's Defensive Manual) is obsolete and today's NFL has passed him by!!

bob
bob

@Hanknaples @bradysucks @bob


Mr Johnstone said that Rex didn't really much have an opinion when it came to players because he was, to faithful,  to talk about a player he liked.

But yet the player  was declining. A head coach cant take the middle ground. in addition to what Hank said

bradysucks
bradysucks

That's the maddening thing......he was incapable of learning and stubborn to a fault......Ryan was a lot of fun and I loved his first few years in NY. He brought confidence back to a franchise in desperate need of it....It worked for a bit also....


I got no problem hiring someone lacking experience. Nobody is born knowing everything and everyone has to start somewhere. I just find it maddening watching someone make the same mistakes over and over and then double down when their philosophy doesn't work 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@bradysucks

And what really turn me against this guy, that I saw completely through him, was how phoney he was when he praised everyone  !!

He was a very smart used car salesman that I found towards the end to be a Charlatan !!!

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@bob @hazard2012

Man!! 

What a breath of fresh air listening to Super Bowles....I'm sure the Jets have hired a winner !!

bob
bob

@bradysucks @bob


He has became well trained, and put in the time to be a good head couch Todd sounds very very intelligent football minded coach. You can tell he knows what he talking about. and how to win. Todd has a plan and a strategey

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

Hey Brian/Bent What's going on here:

You guys spoiled us with a plentiful cascade of daily flowing articles and now in this arid, parched days of football you just about let us die of thirst ??

C'mon guys, why don't you give this thirsty old man at least something to wet the palate !!!! !!!

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@levi

I know.....I can't stand it !! My morning coffee just doesn't taste the same without it!1!!

It's grumpy peanut butter without the Jelly !!!

EDIT: Or pankes without Da Butter, right Bob??

bob
bob

@Hanknaples @levi


lol yes Hank.. Bent is sleeping and BB's got the runs and he cant leave the toilet and he stub his little toe he also has a problem standing up I don't think BB is gonna be leaving the toilet.

So I tried to find Corey But his momma said Coreys grounded and he's not aloud outside.

bob
bob

@williamg1

Now there a team desperate for line backers who knows Nick may just get a chance upon being a starter. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@bob @williamg1

More important than that Bob, Mangini is HUGE in acquiring special ST players first, depth second and he LOOVES 100% football guys like Bellore

bob
bob

Steven Ridley leaves with out a deal.

bob
bob

@a57se @bob


I'm thinking the Jets passed on Ridley maybe as much changed their mind. Looks like the draft will give birth to a brand spanking new running back. or maybe Ridley is not gonna be 100% any time soon

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@bob @a57se

I think it was more than that because there were several teams interested and Miami like, the Jets have limited cap space now for "second tier" free agents .

I know he has other interviews so he may still come back.

bob
bob

@Hanknaples @bob @a57se


Ya the odd point is he stayed in town over night maybe which the Jets where not sure at that moment  their decision and after meeting with the rest of the talking heads they may have decided to pass for now.

williamg1
williamg1

Where's the Saturday daily links? You guys act like its the offseason or something.

NeedANewGMHCQB
NeedANewGMHCQB

i love cooper but i'd have no problem with white. i do think that if bowles has his eye on an edge rusher, he's taking one in the first. And its tempting cause if they add a stud rusher from the outside, they'd be so stacked on D. The offense needs a playmaker or two though. Its a tough call which way to go, but we have to add a pro bowler in this class to really start progressing into a winning team. 

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

Remember the folks on here who were dying to trade for him? lulz

Premo
Premo

I'm tot on the Amari Cooper train .. give Geno legit receiving corps to see what he's got - if he can't succeed with Marshall, Decker, Kerley and Cooper than we look elsewhere in 2016 .. not to mention you lock up your stud WR#1 for the next 5 years