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Bucks want Smith and Copeland

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07:06 AM ET 06.27 | J.R. Smith may be taking his talents to the banks of Lake Michigan. The Milwaukee Bucks have "strong" interest in [Smith] and also want to make an offer to his teammate Chris Copeland, two league sources confirmed to ESPN.com. The Bucks will be entering free agency with their starting backcourt, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, testing free agency. But they also have leverage because they are under the cap, unlike the Knicks, and they can outbid for the services of Smith and Copeland. The most Smith can make in New York is $5.58 million with early Bird rights. He declined his player option of $2.9 million earlier this month, making him an unrestricted free agent.

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June 27, 2013  07:58 AM ET

Ain't China... but it should do.

Out of sight - out of mind.

June 27, 2013  08:04 AM ET

LMAO....Why would a rebuilding team want to bring these guy in.....

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June 27, 2013  08:38 AM ET
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Shhhhhhhhhh.Let them take smithEveryone is happy...its a good to thing

lol... They might pick up Copeland instead.

June 27, 2013  08:38 AM ET
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Shhhhhhhhhh.Let them take smithEveryone is happy...its a good to thing

I think both these guys will want to get paid -- their stock may never be higher.

June 27, 2013  09:09 AM ET

As long as Ellis/J.R. Smith ain't coming to Chicago, it's all good in the hood.

June 27, 2013  09:14 AM ET

The Knicks franchise is pathetic, they will have only 5-6 players under contract and will have to get fillers to round out their team. The Cav's will be better this coming year than them as per my predictions.

June 27, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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Shhhhhhhhhh.Let them take smithEveryone is happy...its a good to thing

I'm so sure jgb. How will the Knicks cover up 14 PPG. Agreed Smith was a flop during playoffs and is a known head case, but you gotta admit, he carried you guys when 'Melo was hurt. He was huge for the Knicks last year. Who's is gonna come in and score 14 pts for less than $5M???

June 27, 2013  09:39 AM ET

Not saying these are the best guys for NY but if they leave, how is NY going to fill those roster spots? They bascially will be starting over again

June 27, 2013  10:37 AM ET

From a business standpoint JR and Copeland are cheaper than trying to give Ellis big time money JR and Copeland can be had together for a total of 10 mill for both to sign. Ellis most likely wants at least 10Mill per. JR can make more money leaving the Knicks than staying. So he either wants to make more with the Bucks at most I would think 7-8 per and be a starter playing more minutes or he wants to be split time player with Shumpert and party in NYC. JR Smith loves the NYC nightlife so I think he stays.

June 27, 2013  10:38 AM ET
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LMAO....Why would a rebuilding team want to bring these guy in.....

If we were talking about a team with a smart front office I'd say that's a good question. But we're not, so it wasn't. They want to bring them in, because they want to remain the 8/9 seed.

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June 27, 2013  11:38 AM ET
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I don't like your opinion:(

Chances are very slim on him leaving. I mean NYC is like his hometown sort of. He already stated he wanted to retire a Knick, and the NYC night life keeps dude entertained. He is going nowhere unless the Knicks lowball him on a contract. The Knicks will remain about the same but you guys need to acquire another big and Woodson needs to change up the offense to put Melo/Chandler/Amare in pick and rolls

June 27, 2013  11:51 AM ET

Sign and trade, Smith And Copeland for Jennings.

June 27, 2013  12:03 PM ET
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Sign and trade, Smith And Copeland for Jennings.

Now that is an interesting aspect but how would Felton feel about that one even though Woodson liked to have two PG starting at the same time.

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June 27, 2013  12:28 PM ET

Even over the cap, they cant trade even money for even money? I cant see Jennings making more then 10mil a year, that would out Smith at about 8 and Copeland at 2-4 mil..... I am not familiar enough with the cba to know the answer.

 
June 27, 2013  01:03 PM ET

These are sixth men with smith's alchohol problem a huge concern. They can have them both. I'm sure Melo won't mind the extra shots that will come his way

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