HoopsHype Chris Smith rumors

December 30, 2013 Updates

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
December 4, 2013 Updates

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
November 19, 2013 Updates

J.R. Smith was a free agent over the summer and talked about taking less money to stay with the Knicks, who could offer only the early-Bird exception that, under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, started at $5.5 million. When the undrafted Chris Smith changed agents to J.R.’s rep, Leon Rose, last spring, some in the league saw it as a “package deal.’’ But, according to a league official, the league decided Chris Smith was enough of a bona fide NBA prospect to justify the club keeping him. “Chris has enough talent,’’ the official told The Post. “He could become an NBA player one day. Some teams do keep projects instead of players who can help right away, and Chris is one of those projects.” New York Post

The NBA held internal discussions about the Knicks’ decision to keep J.R. Smith’s brother, Chris Smith, on their 15-man roster and ultimately decided it was not in violation of circumventing the salary cap, The Post has learned. On Monday, the Knicks sent Smith to their D-League affiliate in Erie, Pa. as planned, but he still is part of the 15-man roster. It has caused consternation with the fan base because the Knicks have five point guards on the roster, but were lacking in healthy big men even before Tyson Chandler’s leg injury. New York Post

November 18, 2013 Updates

New York Knickerbockers President and General Manager Steve Mills announced today that the team has assigned guard Chris Smith to the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA Development League. Smith, 6-2, 200-pounds, has been Inactive for the first nine games of the season after signing as a free agent on Sep. 10, 2013. Knicks Now

November 14, 2013 Updates

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