Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald claims the club had no reservations about giving J.R. Smith a four-year contract despite Smith needing knee surgery.
LAS VEGAS — Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald said despite the delay in J.R. Smith’s knee surgery, he still expects him to be on the court with Metta World Peace when the team opens its season in late October.
Grunwald attempted to clear up the mystery yesterday on why…
The timing of J. R. Smith’s knee surgery raised questions about whether the Knicks should have invested four years and $24.5 million in him. It turns out they didn’t.
Jason Kidd, the Nets’ new coach, was placed on interim probation and agreed to speak to Long Island high school students about the dangers of drunken driving.
LAS VEGAS — Now that they got their man Metta World Peace, will the Knicks get their second in Kenyon Martin?They remain in hot pursuit, and according to GM Glen Grunwald on Tuesday, continued negotiations with Martin’s agent, Andy Miller, have been positive.”We are still very interested in Kenyon and giving him full consideration,” said Grunwald, who can only offer the 35-year-old forward a contract in the veteran’s minimum range. “We’re just having discussions with Kenyon and his agent, and they’re going pretty well at this time.
Those Knicks fans concerned about the length of J.R. Smith’s new contract can breathe a little sigh of relief. Smith’s deal was originally reported by ESPN and other media outlets to be a four-year pact worth $24.7 million dollars. But according to Smith’s agent, Leon Rose, the terms of Smith’s deal changed between the time both sides agreed to the deal on July 4 and when it became official on July 11. Rose, confirming news first reported by the New York Times, said the Knicks originally offered Smith a four-year contract but the reigning Sixth Man award winner opted to sign a three-year contract with a player option in the third season so he could test free agency sooner.