The Milwaukee Bucks have "strong" interest in the New York Knicks J.R. 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.
So, to review, the Bucks might let Jennings walk and could re-sign Ellis and sign Smith. They're letting Jennings go, and he's the efficient one of the bunch. Think about that for a second.
Copeland's a weird fit there, too. He has great energy, plays exceptionally hard and can stretch the floor. But the Bucks have Ersan Ilyasova, John Henson and Drew Gooden. Is there really room on that roster for Copeland? They can play him at small forward, except they have Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and would give up too much perimeter speed.
So, in general, none of this makes any sense, which is why it will probably happen, because this is the Bucks we're talking about. All aboard the crazy train!
Smith won Sixth Man of the Year honors this season after a blistering April to end his season following a three-and-a-half month stretch during which he shot roughly 40 percent. The Knicks were eliminated in the second round after Smith shot 54-of-163 in the postseason.