HoopsHype Chris Smith rumors

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Ex-Knick Chris Smith has entered the D-League draft with the hope of getting another opportunity to play in the NBA. “Whatever's going to give me the best opportunity to perform on a level where I can get myself in a good position to get myself back into the NBA, that's the route I want to take,” Smith said last week in an interview at his skills camp for young players. Smith, the younger brother of J.R. Smith, began last season on the Knicks' roster. His inclusion on the 15-man roster stirred strong emotion from the team's fan base because of his ties to his brother. Both the Knicks and Chris Smith have acknowledged that Smith's older brother was a factor in the team's decision to keep him. The Knicks eventually sent Smith to their D-League team. Smith was released by the D League affiliate -- the Erie Bayhawks -- in March. ESPN.com

Smith says he has drawn some interest from D-League teams and a few teams overseas. The D League draft will take place next Saturday. “He just needs a fresh start,” Marc Cornstein, Smith’s agent said. “He needs to be judged as Chris Smith and not anything else.” ESPN.com

July 1, 2014 Updates

Chris Smith, brother (and briefly teammate) of Knicks guard J.R. Smith, has been invited to try out for the Mavericks' summer-league team. Yet I'm told he he'll have to earn a roster on Dallas' summer squad. No promises yet. ESPN.com

June 30, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: A bit of summer-league scuttle: Mavs have invited Chris Smith of Knicks fame to try out for their Vegas-bound squad. Not assured of a spot. Chris Smith -- as in, yes, brother of J.R Smith -- is the Chris Smith referred to in the previous tweet about the Mavs' summer-league squad Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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With the Showcase currently underway, RidiculousUpside.com has learned through multiple sources that Smith is likely to sign with the Los Angeles D-Fenders. One source added that the team has a decent spot on the league's waiver wire order, which may have aided them in such an acquisition. Ridiculous Upside

January 4, 2014 Updates

After being waived by the New York Knicks recently to make room for Jeremy Tyler, Chris Smith (J.R. Smith’s brother) has signed into the NBA D-League according to a team source. Smith played with New York’s NBADL affiliate (Erie BayHawks) earlier this season, and averaged 11.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 24.6 minutes. D-League Digest

January 2, 2014 Updates

J.R. Smith broke his silence on his brother Chris Smith getting cut Tuesday, saying he’s “over it.” Smith revealed he was called into a meeting the day before the official waiver where president Steve Mills broke the news to the two of them. The Knicks cut Smith to open a roster spot for big man Jeremy Tyler. “I wasn’t happy, but I couldn’t do nothing about it,” J.R. Smith said Thursday. New York Post

“I’m not worried about Instagram,” J.R. said before the game Thursday vs. the Spurs. “I got to play the Spurs tonight and that’s my main focus. I’m not worried about it now,” J.R. added. “It’s my brother’s problem now. I’m over it. I’m fine with everybody. I have no problems with nobody.” New York Post

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