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“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.
Junior forward C.J. Fair announced on Wednesday afternoon that he will be returning to the Orange for his season season after earning second-team All-Big East honors as a junior for the 30-10 Orange, which advanced to the Final Four for the fourth time overall and third time since 1987 under Hall of Fame head coach Jim Boeheim.
Fair, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound combo forward, is currently projected as the No. 59 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.
“After talking it over with my family and my coaches, I decided another year at Syracuse was best for me,” Fair said in a statement released by the school. “I’m excited about working hard with my teammates to put together another great season and graduating has also been a goal of mine.”