HoopsHype Chris Smith rumors

October 29, 2013 Updates

Some rival agents believe Chris Smith's roster spot with the Knicks was locked in as a "package deal" when J.R. Smith re-signed with the team in July. Chris Smith signed a nonguaranteed contract worth $490,180. According to league sources with knowledge of the contract, Smith's deal is fully guaranteed now that he has made the opening day roster. So the Knicks can release Smith at any time but will be forced to pay his full salary. ESPN.com

October 26, 2013 Updates
October 25, 2013 Updates

Ian Begley: Chris Smith on being JR's brother: "Did it help me? Of course." But Chris adds: "I feel like I earned my position on the team." #Knicks Twitter @IanBegley

On Wednesday in Green Bay, Wis., Woodson said “respect” for J.R. Smith would be a factor in weighing whether to keep Chris Smith, who played just 20 minutes during the preseason. Also this week, Woodson indicated Tyler was a keeper, saying at one point he did not think the Knicks would “kick him to the curb.” Smith is expected to spend much of the season getting playing time in the D-League. When Tyler is healthy enough to return, the Knicks could choose to cut Chris Smith, whose $470,000 contract becomes guaranteed on opening night. When Smith hired his brother’s agent, CAA’s Leon Rose, in the spring, The Post reported the brothers’ free agency was seen in some league circles as a “package deal.” New York Post

October 24, 2013 Updates

As the Knicks prepare to make their final roster cuts, J.R. Smith said he doesn't agree with Mike Woodson's statement from Wednesday that family ties should help his brother Chris make the squad. "I don't want that to come into play because then I think that's a crutch for him, that's an excuse for him to make the team," J.R. Smith said Thursday. "I think that he should make the team based on his own talent and his own ability." Newsday

October 23, 2013 Updates

Chris Smith’s chances of staying increased when rookie C.J. Leslie struggled this preseason. The Knicks still may cut Smith and he can choose to join their D-League affiliate as a free agent. Smith has a unique non-guaranteed deal: If he is on the roster on opening night, the contract becomes fully guaranteed. Standard minimum deals do not become guaranteed until early January. New York Post

Chris, who played at Louisville before tearing up his knee at training camp last October, said if he nabs one of the Knicks’ 15 roster spots, he likely will spend much of the season with the D-League affiliate in Erie. New York Post

Asked directly if J.R.’s presence factors in the decision on whether to keep Chris, Woodson said, “Sure it does.” “I look at him just like I look at J.R., though J.R. is the guy who played in a uniform and has been very productive for us. I have a great deal of respect for that family,” Woodson said. “That’s his brother. I respect that. We got to make some decisions. What those decisions will be, I don’t know.’’ New York Post

Al Iannazzone: Woodson said Chris Smith is still in the mix to make the team. Asked if the fact he's JR's brother factors in, Woodson said, "Sure it does." Twitter @Al_Iannazzone

October 15, 2013 Updates
October 6, 2013 Updates

For the record, Chris Smith sees the tweets from NBA fans talking about how he doesn't deserve to be with the New York Knicks and the only reason he has a roster spot is because his older brother, J.R., is on the team. He sees them -- and then he uses them as motivation. "I read it, but at the same time nobody's getting up with me at 7 a.m. to get here [to the Knicks practice facility] before anybody," Smith said. "I'll read it and I laugh at it. But then I laugh and I go downstairs to my gym at home. It's a lot of motivation for me because all my life nothing has been easy for me because I've always been J.R.'s brother." ESPN.com

September 12, 2013 Updates
September 11, 2013 Updates

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