Thanks for a great season!
If this report is true, that would be around a four-year, $22 million deal, which is a bargain for a player of his talent, and worth the baggage he brings along.
Having his brother Chris Smith on the roster next season - or at least in training camp again - will be part of the deal, because J.R. doesn’t want him to have to play in Europe.
Chris is probably just a reserve player, but hopefully he can surprise us. We could definitely use a young, energetic point guard coming off the bench.
In other news, Prigioni’s wife wants him to go back to the Spanish League, and he (probably) will only return to the NBA for a significant pay-rise. That will mean using part of the mid-level exception on him, which is probably not an option if we can get younger at guard.
As it stands, New York can offer Palo a maximum of $900,000 without using the mid-level. He can probably make more playing in Spain, and said last season that he only came to the NBA because he wanted to try it out before he retires.
It will be sad to see Pablo go if he does, but this is great news about Smith.
The Channel 4 News Team in NYC (5/18/2013)
My childhood is over.
“One ticket to Fort Hampton please.”
“She’s on her way, Ted, and she’s getting here as fast as she can.”
Hi, I’m Ted Mosby, and exactly 45 days from now, you and I are gonna meet, and we’re gonna fall in love, and we’re gonna get married, and we’re gonna to have two kids, and we’re gonna love them and each other so much. All that is 45 days away. But I’m here now, I guess, because I want those extra 45 days with you. I want each one of them. If I can’t have them, I’ll take the 45 seconds before your boyfriend shows up and punches me in the face, because I love you. I’m always going to love you. ‘Til the end of my days and beyond. You’ll see.