May 18, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) reacts to losing to the Indiana Pacers in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats New York 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Has the market been set for J.R. Smith?

Tiago Splitter will make more than double of what Ray Allen will make next season.

Splitter didn’t get it done in the playoffs; meanwhile Allen saved the Heat’s back-to-back championship dreams with one of the most memorable shots in NBA history.

Splitter just signed a four-year deal worth $36 million.

Yes this Tiago Splitter. The same guy.

I don’t get it either.

A lot of money has been sent a bunch of role players way so far this offseason. Martell Webster will get $22 million over the next three seasons from the Wizards even though he’s only averaged nine points a game over his eight-year career. Chase Budinger has basically the same numbers as Webster and got $16 million over the same three years from the Timberwolves. If you can survive your rookie contract and somewhat produce in the NBA, you will eventually get paid.

Two players that have consistently produced over their career also got paid in David West and Kevin Martin. West will stay with the Pacers and hope to get them over the hump and got a three-year deal worth $36 million. Kevin Martin will leave Oklahoma City and head to the Timberwolves for four years and collect $28 million along the way.

What does this all mean to J.R. Smith?

Knicks fans have their complaints about the guy, but there’s no question that he is better than Splitter, Budinger, and Webster. I think he is a better player than Kevin Martin but not as valuable as West was to the Pacers.

J.R’s agent now has a negotiating point and contracts to compare to in contract discussions with the Knicks or any other team.

Smith means a lot to the Knicks next season and if he isn’t brought back, they need to know ASAP so they can start making moves before it’s too late. I say you start with Kevin Martin’s contract as a starting point but he will probably be looking for more than Tiago Splitter.

The market is now set for J.R. Smith and his agent.

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