Notes: Knicks re-sign J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni are staying in New York to help the Knicks build on their best season in nearly decades.

The Sixth Man of the Year and the point guard from Argentina both agreed to multiyear deals Thursday, their agents confirmed.

Exact terms of the deals won’t be known until July 10, after next season’s salary cap has been set and contracts can be signed.


Smith helped shoot the Knicks into and then out of the playoffs, having the best season of his career but then struggling through the postseason. The product of nearby New Jersey wanted to stay and the Knicks needed to keep him. They worked out a deal that will reportedly pay him about $25 million over four years.

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Smith averaged 18.1 points during the regular season. But he lost his shot during the postseason, making only 29 percent of his shots in the final eight playoff games.

Prigioni finally came to the NBA this season at 35 after playing in Spain. He played limited minutes as a reserve most of the season but led the Knicks to a 16-2 mark down the stretch when he was moved into the starting lineup. He could make about $6 million over three years.

Pelicans dealing

The New Orleans Pelicans continued their attempt to overhaul their backcourt. After getting Jrue Holiday from the Sixers in a deal that included draft pick Nerlens Noel, the Pelicans have agreed to a three-team trade that will net them former Kings guard Tyreke Evans in a sign-and-trade, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.

New Orleans will send Greivis Vasquez to Sacramento and Robin Lopez and Terrel Harris to the Trail Blazers. Portland, in turn, will send second-round pick Jeff Withey to New Orleans and two future second rounders to the Kings.


Evans had a down year in 2012-13, averaging 15.2 points per game. The Pelicans hope he can return to the form that won him Rookie of the Year honors in 2009-10, when he averaged 20.1 points per game.

Jefferson to Bobcats

The Bobcats agreed to a three-year, $40.5 million contract with free agent center Al Jefferson , said people familiar with the situation.

Jefferson will make $13.5 million in each year of the deal, with the third season being a player option.

Jefferson, 28, gives the Bobcats a scoring threat in the low post. He should also help on the boards, where the Bobcats were repeatedly outrebounded the last two seasons.

Jefferson, who was drafted by the Celtics in 2004, has averaged 18.8 points and 10 rebounds per game over the last seven seasons.

Spurs add Belinelli


According to an report, the Spurs and Marco Belinelli have agreed to a deal. Sources with knowledge of the agreement said the deal is worth $5.6 million over two years. Belinelli averaged 9.6 points per game and shot 35.7 percent from three-point range for the Bulls last season . . . The Cavaliers have agreed to a two-year contract with forward Earl Clark, who played last season with the Lakers. Clark is getting a deal reportedly worth $9 million . . . Greece’s basketball federation condemned remarks by Nikolaos Michaloliakos, the leader of the far-right Golden Dawn party, who likened Bucks first-round pick Giannis Antetokounmpo to a ‘‘chimpanzee.’’ The federation described the remarks aimed at Antetokounmpo as ‘‘unacceptable and racist.’’ Antetokounmpo is an 18-year-old Greek shooting guard and the son of Nigerian immigrants.