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Jason Smith | Center/Forward

Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/2/1986
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 240
College: Colorado State
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The Knicks signed free agent PF/C Jason Smith (knee) on a one-year deal worth $3.3 million.
Smith's 2013-14 season ended with knee surgery in January, and injuries have been an unfortunate trend throughout his brief NBA career -- he's missed an average of 24.2 games over six seasons. When healthy he has a sweet 18-foot jumper and does a solid job rebounding and blocking shots, so he should fill a valuable role off New York's bench behind Samuel Dalembert and Amare Stoudemire. Jul 15 - 8:02 PM

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Coach Monty Williams did not update the status of Jason Smith (knee) in his recent interview.

Williams updated just about every other injured player on his team, so this does kind of speak volumes. General manager Dell Demps also declined to say if the team would bring Smith back in an interview last month. Basically, it sounds like the Pelicans aren't bringing the unrestricted free agent back and have more confidence in Jeff Withey.
Jun 20 - 11:29 AM

Pelican GM Dell Demps declined to say if he wants free agent PF/C Jason Smith back.

Smith appeared in 31 games this season, averaging 9.7 points and 5.8 rebounds before going down with a knee injury. The No. 20 overall pick back in 2007 will not be a priority free agent, so the Pelicans can take their time. Smith has battled knee, concussion, ankle and hip issues since joining the New Orleans in 2010.
May 2 - 11:24 AM

Jason Smith (knee) is out for the rest of the season after his knee surgery.

He had surgery last week on Jan. 29 on his right knee to remove loose bodies, but he's not going to be making it back to the lineup. The Pelicans are a mess at center right now and fantasy owners in most formats shouldn't be paying much attention to guys like Greg Stiemsma, Jeff Withey and Alexis Ajinca.
Source: WWLTV
Feb 3 - 7:13 PM

Jason Smith had successful surgery on his right knee on Wednesday.

The procedure removed loose bodies from his knee and Smith does not have a timetable to return. He's had a tough season due to multiple injuries and has been out of the lineup since Jan. 18. The Pelicans have been a mess with their frontcourt players next Anthony Davis and most fantasy owners shouldn't be looking to add Jeff Withey, Greg Stiemsma or Alexis Ajinca.
Jan 29 - 3:13 PM

Jason Smith (knee) is set to have surgery to remove some loose cartilage in his right knee on Wednesday.

"A piece of cartilage kind of chipped off." Smith said. "They said if I tried to [play] through it, it could lock the knee up or tear some other stuff up." Smith is currently out indefinitely and the injuries keep mounting for a depleted Pelicans squad. Smith was averaging 26 minutes per game, and that time will now be dispersed to guys like Al-Farouq Aminu, Alexis Ajinca, Jeff Withey and Greg Stiemsma. Aminu is probably the most attractive pickup out of that group.
Jan 19 - 11:58 AM

Jason Smith suffered cartilage damage to his right knee and he's out indefinitely, the Pelicans announced on Saturday.

An MRI revealed the injury and the hits just keep coming for New Orleans. With Ryan Anderson (herniated disc) already on the shelf, the Pelicans need Anthony Davis to stay healthy while guys like Al-Farouq Aminu, Alexis Ajinca, Jeff Withey and Greg Stiemsma provide some frontcourt support. Ajinca is worth a look in deeper leagues, and Aminu's minutes may increase, but there are no clear-cut winners in this unfortunate scenario.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 18 - 3:07 PM

Jason Smith played just 19 minutes on Monday, scoring six points on 3-of-9 shooting with three rebounds and one steal.

Smith was lifted in the third quarter after his fourth foul and Monty Williams never went back to him, opting for Alexis Ajinca (seven points, four boards, two blocks) instead in a tight game vs. the Spurs. As long as Smith is starting and not injured, though, he'll be worth a look for owners in need of a big man.
Jan 14 - 1:15 AM

Jason Smith was back in the starting lineup against the Mavericks on Saturday with 10 points, seven boards and one turnover in 19 minutes before fouling out.

He's been coming off the bench since returning from a shoulder injury on Jan. 7. Smith was putting up nice numbers while the Pelicans were without Anthony Davis, so he should be able to get some minutes in the 20s as the starting center. He's worth a look for owners seeking help in blocks and boards.
Jan 12 - 12:58 AM

Jason Smith came off the bench in his return to the lineup on Tuesday, scoring eight points with four boards, one assist and one turnover in 22 minutes.

He was out of the lineup for the past five games due to a shoulder injury and the Pelicans didn't throw him in the starting lineup right away. There's a good chance Smith will be starting on Wednesday night vs. the Wizards and he was playing some hefty minutes in the early part of December, so he's worth a look in some leagues while Ryan Anderson (neck) is sidelined.
Jan 7 - 11:58 PM

Jason Smith (shoulder) will be available off the Pelicans' bench on Tuesday, though he'll be playing with a minute-limit.

We'll keep an eye on him as he battles Alexis Ajinca for minutes, but backup role with a prescribed minute-allotment shouldn't add up to fantasy success tonight. His return is great news for the Pelicans as they adjust to playing without Ryan Anderson (herniated disc), at least for a while.
Jan 7 - 6:10 PM

Jason Smith (shoulder) is expected to play in Tuesday's game against the Heat.

With Ryan Anderson (herniated disc) out indefinitely, Smith's return is perfect timing. He'll be battling Alexis Ajinca for minutes next to Anthony Davis, a competition that figures to result in some kind of timeshare. Smith is averaging 10.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks while playing 27.7 minutes per night on the season. He can sustain that.
Jan 7 - 1:26 PM

Jason Smith did not play against the Pacers on Saturday due to his shoulder injury.

It was his fourth missed game and he does not have a timetable to return. Smith would likely see bigger minutes once he's able to come back with the Pelicans expected to be without Ryan Anderson. He should be considered questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Miami.
Jan 4 - 10:54 PM

Jason Smith (shoulder) is out for Friday's game against the Celtics.

Smith missed three games with a bruised knee, came back for one, and is now sidelined again by a left (non-shooting) shoulder issue. Coach Monty Williams doesn't expect the reserve big man back anytime soon. Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson are primed to log heavy minutes anyway.
Jan 3 - 10:10 AM

Jason Smith (knee) will not play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

This will be his second consecutive game out of action and the fifth in his last sixth due to a knee injury. Smith's minutes will take a dip now that Anthony Davis is healthy and Greg Stiemsma will also get some playing time. With Smith out tonight, Al-Farouq Aminu might also get more minutes at power forward.
Jan 1 - 7:11 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jose Calderon
2Pablo Prigioni
3Shane Larkin
SG1J.R. Smith
2Tim Hardaway Jr.
3Wayne Ellington
SF1Carmelo Anthony
2Iman Shumpert
3Cleanthony Early
PF1Andrea Bargnani
2Amare Stoudemire
3Louis Labeyrie
C1Samuel Dalembert
2Cole Aldrich
3Jason Smith