HoopsHype Chris Smith rumors

December 31, 2013 Updates

The New York Knicks have decided to waive Chris Smith. The Knicks finalized the move Tuesday to create a roster spot for big man Jeremy Tyler, who has been playing for the Erie BayHawks, the Knicks' D-League affiliate, since going to training camp with New York. ESPN.com

December 30, 2013 Updates

The Knicks have made the decision to waive controversial point guard Chris Smith to make room for big man Jeremy Tyler on the team's 15-man roster, according to a source close to the situation. J.R. Smith, Chris's older brother, didn't seem too pleased by the move. On Monday afternoon, he posted a picture on his Instagram account of Robert DeNiro staring disconcertingly at Sharon Stone in a scene from the film, "Casino" with the caption: "You know the sad thing about betrayal? It never comes from an enemy." New York Daily News

On Monday, the New York Knicks waived little-used backup point guard Chris Smith. This wouldn’t be significant news, except that Smith’s brother is J.R. Smith, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year. The elder Smith was not pleased with the Knicks’ decision, according to his Instagram account: You know the sad thing about betrayal? It never comes from an enemy. For The Win

As the Knicks negotiate a deal to re-sign big man Jeremy Tyler and have him for Monday’s practice, the team is expected to release point guard Chris Smith to make room on the 15-man roster, according to an NBA source. The Knicks likely will announce the Tyler signing Monday. Smith was kept as the 15th man over the rehabbing Tyler during training camp in a controversial maneuver. Most NBA scouts consider Smith a D-League player and coach Mike Woodson admitted his brother J.R. Smith’s presence on the Knicks’ roster was a factor. New York Post

Chris Smith was playing with the Knicks’ D-League affiliate Erie until two weeks ago when the Knicks promoted him because of their point-guard crisis. Smith has already pocketed his $472,000 guarantee and they can still monitor him in Erie as an NBA free agent. “I think it’s going to be [Smith],’’ a person familiar with the Knicks thinking said. “That’s been the plan.” New York Post

December 29, 2013 Updates
December 20, 2013 Updates

Despite the New York Knicks’ trade search for a point guard, Chris Smith received a call up from the NBA D-League and has remained confident about his roster spot. The Knicks have pursued Kyle Lowry while keeping an eye on Jeremy Tyler, but Smith anticipates staying with the organization past any moves. “Yeah, definitely expect to be here,” Chris Smith told RealGM. “I feel my number is going to be called soon, but I’m going to wait on it.” RealGM

December 17, 2013 Updates
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Tyler was cut in training camp because he was still rehabbing and owner James Dolan wanted to keep J.R. Smith’s brother, Chris Smith, as the 15th man in a highly controversial move that triggered the NBA to hold internal talks about the issue. The question will be whether the Knicks will cut Smith, who is also playing for Erie, guard Tour’e Murry, who is on the roster but almost never plays, or center Cole Aldrich, who has seen almost zero action despite Tyson Chandler’s injury. New York Post

November 24, 2013 Updates

No marquee announced his arrival. The team will not use Smith for marketing, because players come and go so frequently, said Matt Bresee, the team president. The Knicks did not tell Smith how long he would stay, but they would pay his salary, hotel expenses and per diem while he was here. New York Times

The next day, at the team’s shootaround, Smith’s mood had lifted as he chatted with Allan Houston, the Knicks’ assistant general manager who oversees the BayHawks. In an interview, Houston praised Smith’s work ethic and his family and said, “We see him as a player we want to develop and see potential in.” New York Times

November 21, 2013 Updates

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