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November 12, 2013 Updates

Everyone wants to blame Creative Arts Agency for the packaging of the players, but Chris Smith, associated with a different agency two years ago, had been granted a guaranteed contract with the Knicks for the 2011-12 season. Only, Smith blew out his knee and received his $490,000 on the injured list. This was a stooge deal on New York's behalf, an embarrassment afforded a player, J.R. Smith, who doesn't deserve this kind of treatment. "Glen Grunwald never wanted to do it, never felt right about it back then," one source with knowledge of the package deal said. "That call came from above him." Within the Knicks coaching staff, they believe Chris Smith doesn't even have the talent to be an NBA Development League player – never mind worthy of a roster spot. One opposing GM called him "maybe the worst player in the history of the [NBA] summer league." Yahoo! Sports

November 8, 2013 Updates

Power forward Ike Diogu, who was among the Knicks’ final cuts in training camp in October, could be re-signed. But the Knicks likely would have to cut Chris Smith - J.R.’s brother - to free up a spot on the 15-man roster. Earl Barron, who appeared in one game for the Knicks last season, also is a free agent after recently leaving his team in China. New York Daily News

October 29, 2013 Updates

Knicks coach Mike Woodson acknowledged that Chris Smith's ties to his brother would influence whether the team kept or cut the 26-year-old guard. "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," Woodson said earlier this month before the roster announcement. "I have a great deal of respect for that family. That's his brother; I respect that." ESPN.com

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

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