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    Knicks sign Jason Smith to a 1 year/3.72 MMLE Contract

    Knicks president Phil Jackson said Sunday the team will be fiscally responsible and not just throw money around the rest of summer because it had an exception.
    In other words, with New Orleans power forward/center Jason Smith agreeing to terms Tuesday for $3.72 million mini mid-level exception, Jackson feels the 7-footer can really help.
    That Smith agreed to sign for just one year also aided the Knicks’ cause as they protect cap space for 2015. The Knicks were outbid for Washington power forward Trevor Booker when he agreed Tuesday to a two-year, $10 million pact. The Post first reported the Knicks had Smith as a target when free agency began July 1.
    Jackson had said he wanted another rebounding big man and Smith can block shots and shoot from long range. His price tag was manageable because he sustained a season-ending knee surgery, limiting him to 31 games last season.
    Smith, 28, averaged 9.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 27 minutes per game, shooting 46 percent. But he had early-February knee surgery in which a loose piece of cartilage was removed. Out of Colorado State, Smith was the longest-tenured Pelican at four years.
    With Jackson believing Andrea Bargnani fits the triangle and is in store for a bounce-back year, there’s a small chance Jackson would deal Amar’e Stoudemire as a cost-cutting measure to get the Knicks out of a harsh luxury-tax bracket. They would have to find a team under the cap willing to absorb his $23 million contract — such as Philadelphia. But the Sixers would want an additional player in order to take on Stoudemire’s onerous contract.
    The best bet is Jackson keeps the status quo because starting center Samuel Dalembert played just 20 minutes per game last season with Dallas, Bargnani had a season-ending injury and Stoudemire occasionally sat out back-to-backs to rest his knees and was on a rising minutes restriction for much of the season.
    The Knicks re-signed Cole Aldrich, but the Smith signing could affect the status of Jeremy Tyler, who has a team option and is on the summer league squad. Jackson still believes he has too many guards and may have to cut Wayne Ellington if he can’t trade him for a big man.
    http://nypost.com/2014/07/15/knicks-...-footer-smith/
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    Shams Charania @ShamsCharania · 5m
    Free agent Jason Smith has signed a one-year, $3.3M deal with the New York Knicks, league source tells ******.

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    Is he decent?

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    Marc Berman ‏@NYPost_Berman 1m
    Knicks have agrees to terms with New Orleans PF Jason Smith, according to source.

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    While I like the signing, don't think he's a $3.3M player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheetos185 View Post
    Is he decent?
    solid signing. Guy has been averaging 9 and 5 in NO for some time since being dealt from Sixers.

    He has a nice mid range shot too, which is important in the triangle. He's 7'0 and I expect him to be the primary backup behind Dalembert/Amare.

    Bargnani, JR Smith and Prigioni really don't have spots on this team.

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    Solid pick up for backup PF. Looks like we used our MMLE after all and only for one year too. Phil is really preserving that '15 cap space.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AI View Post
    While I like the signing, don't think he's a $3.3M player.
    I do and I'm not surprised. Kris Humphries just got a 3 year, $13.5 million dollar deal from the Wizards. He's just as good as Humphries and that Humphries deal would have killed us next year.

    Now, we have a stopgap backup C/PF, who can shoot and score, shoots a good percentage from FT and was willing to take a 1 year deal.

    A GREAT signing in my mind. I was worried about getting an effective big man behind Dalembert/Amare.

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    Birdman 2.0 but younger... High energy guy. Hustle, rebounds, etc... For one year, I cosign.

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    Decent role playing big. Can fill in at of or center. Solid/active on both sides of the ball

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYSpirit1 View Post
    solid signing. Guy has been averaging 9 and 5 in NO for some time since being dealt from Sixers.

    He has a nice mid range shot too, which is important in the triangle. He's 7'0 and I expect him to be the primary backup behind Dalembert/Amare.

    Bargnani, JR Smith and Prigioni really don't have spots on this team.
    Completely disagree...

    Prigs is the backup PG, no way does Larkin take that spot immediately as basically a rookie.

    JR, we need his scoring.

    And bargs...well lets see what he can do in a system before we throw him out, because trading him didn't work.

    Jason Smith seems like a good signing, especially on a 1 year deal, hope there is a team option for next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYSpirit1 View Post
    solid signing. Guy has been averaging 9 and 5 in NO for some time since being dealt from Sixers.

    He has a nice mid range shot too, which is important in the triangle. He's 7'0 and I expect him to be the primary backup behind Dalembert/Amare.

    Bargnani, JR Smith and Prigioni really don't have spots on this team.
    If he can shoot rebound and block shots ill take it but i think he's only insurance signing and doesn't effect cap next year solid move by Zen master.

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    Hate this....dude can't stay healthy... When he is he's a modest 9 ppg and 6 RPG...... But has bad knees and shoulder..... I mean. If he's on the court more than martin was then fine ...but we had better options for that kind of money...

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    A backup 3 is needed next. Marion would be great, but I don't think he takes the vets minimum. Maybe the exception? My guess is he goes back to Dallas. And I think Marion is a 4 at this stage of his career; I might be wrong.

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