New York, NY (Sports Network) - The New York Knicks have reportedly agreed to
a contract extension with swingman J.R. Smith that will keep the NBA's Sixth
Man of the Year with the club for another four years.
Smith's agent, Leon Rose, told the New York Daily News on Thursday that Smith
signed a maximum deal allowable which will pay him approximately $25 million
over the duration of the deal.
Smith averaged 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds while coming off the bench for
all 80 games he appeared in last season. The nine-year pro led all league
reserves in scoring, 30-point games (seven) and 20-point efforts (29), while
his point total ranked second to NBA scoring champ Carmelo Anthony among
members of the Atlantic Division champion Knicks.
The 27-year-old Smith added 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game as an integral
part of a New York squad that posted its highest win total (54) since
1996-97 and claimed the No. 2 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. The
Knicks lost to the Pacers in the conference semifinals.
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