After sitting out the last few practices with a “sore knee,” it was announced that Chris Smith, the younger brother of JR Smith, would undergo a surgery to repair a left patella tendon in his knee. After the surgery, Smith will be out for three-six months. Though Smith never really had a chance at making the team, his injury raises some questions, most notably, “Can they bring in another to training camp?”
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When news broke that the New York Knicks signed Chris Smith to a two-year deal, Knicks fans were shocked. Smith played on the Knicks’ summer league squad, but was far from impressive. The summer league roster was chalk full of below-average guards, and Smith didn’t perform well enough to stand out. Though, being the brother of JR Smith has some perks, I guess.
Chris Smith, who participated in the Knicks’ summer league team this year, tweeted out the image above. He signed some sort of a contract, but right now, the details are unknown. It’s likely a non-guaranteed training camp invite, like Chris Copeland received, since Smith didn’t perform too well in Las Vegas. It’s a little shocking of a signing, since Smith didn’t impress, and the Knicks need a backup big more than a third/fourth string guard.
The New York Knicks’ Summer League roster has finally been revealed. First game is July 14th. Barring some potential sign-and-trades, it will look like this:
UPDATE: Since Toney Douglas, Jerome Jordan and Josh Harrellson were all included in the Marcus Camby trade, they will not be playing for the Knicks’ summer league squad.