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Chris Smith | Guard

Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/13/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
College: Louisville
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Chris Smith has been released by the Knicks' D-League affiliate Erie Bay Hawks.
J.R.'s brother was waived by the Knicks earlier this season after appearing in zero games. He reportedly left the Bay Hawks a few days before his release because he was upset with his playing time, and it's safe to assume that he won't join an NBA team in the near future. Mar 4 - 3:14 PM

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The Knicks have decided to waive PG Chris Smith.

The move clears a roster spot for big man Jeremy Tyler. Smith may only have landed his contract as a condition of the Knicks re-signing his brother J.R. Smith, and either way Chris wasn't going to make a dent in the rotation.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 02:49:00 PM

The Knicks have recalled PG Chris Smith from the D-League.

The move may have been inspired by Pablo Prigioni's toe injury, which leaves New York perilously thin at PG. It's still doubtful that J.R.'s brother will crack the rotation -- he has exactly zero NBA appearances to his credit and has been averaging a mediocre 11.3 points and 2.7 assists per game with the Erie BayHawks this season.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 03:33:00 PM

The Knicks assigned Chris Smith to the D-League on Monday.

Smith's contract with New York has been a source of consternation for Knicks fans who would like J.R.'s brother off the roster to clear a spot for a big man, and even Brandon Jennings questioned how Smith earned an NBA contract (which prompted a mini-feud on Twitter with J.R.). Regardless, the 'other' Smith has no fantasy appeal.
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 12:58:00 PM

Chris Smith will play for the Knicks during training camp.

Smith played for New York during Summer League and was hoping to make the roster as a backup PG, but that seems unlikely with Beno Udrih and Pablo Prigioni as veteran depth behind Raymond Felton.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 01:27:00 PM

Chris Smith is expected to play for the Knicks during summer league.

After tearing up his knee before the season started, Smith has been rehabbing at the Knicks facility and is "nearly back at full strength." Despite a previous report that the Knicks wouldn't sign him, ESPN New York reports that the team has told him he'll be on the summer league roster.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 01:18:00 PM

The Knicks will not sign Chris Smith, the brother of J.R. Smith, a source told ESPN New York.

"Chris is not an NBA player -- not even close," the source said. "He will never play for them." We don't argue with that assessment and it would be shocking to see Chris given a legitimate chance with the Knicks.
Mon, May 27, 2013 09:09:00 AM

The Knicks are expected to re-sign Chris Smith before training camp next season.

Chris, J.R.'s brother, was signed by the Knicks before training camp, but a knee injury derailed his season before it ever got started. It's not clear if any other team is interested in J.R.'s brother, but the Knicks appear to be lining up a "package deal" with Chris and J.R. if the latter re-signs.
Mon, May 20, 2013 08:19:00 AM

Chris Smith, J.R.'s brother, is reportedly a "favorite" to make the Knicks next season.

Chris was in training camp with the Knicks but had to have knee surgery, so the team wound up waiving him in late October. However, in late February there was a report that the team still intended to sign J.R.'s brother, so it looks like that is still a plausible scenario.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 08:21:00 AM

The Knicks still intend to sign Chris Smith, the brother of J.R., a source told Knicks Journal.

Smith was signed to a training camp contract and was never a lock to make the team from day one. Smith isn't scheduled to resume basketball activities until April, so maybe the Knicks will give him another look in training camp before the 2013/14 season.
Mon, Feb 25, 2013 09:13:00 AM

Knicks waived G Chris Smith.

J.R.'s brother had knee surgery and didn't have much of a chance to make the team even if he was healthy.
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 05:44:00 PM

J.R. Smith's brother, Chris, will be sidelined three to six months after being scheduled for surgery on his left patella tendon.

That means he won't be making the Knicks roster, as the news keeps getting worse for J.R. He wants to start, but Mike Woodson seems intent on bringing him off the bench.
Wed, Oct 10, 2012 12:42:00 PM

Chris Smith has a "good chance" to make the Knicks roster, a source tells Marc Berman of the NY Post.

We'll take this with a major grain of salt, though this is the second report that states Smith has a realistic chance to make the team. Berman cites the fact that the Knicks will be without Iman Shumpert (knee surgery) to start the season as reasoning for Smith to make the roster, but it's going to take an unbelievable training camp for Smith to stick with the club after he shot under 30 percent in summer league.
Tue, Aug 28, 2012 09:49:00 AM

Updating a previous item, Chris Smith's contract with the Knicks is for two years and is partially guaranteed.

Not only did the team give J.R.'s brother a two-year deal, they also gave him one that is partially guaranteed. According to beat writer Al Iannazzone, there is a "good shot" that Smith will be on the roster when the season begins. Smith did not start a single summer league game and shot under 30 percent during his audition. We think it's fair to say that some eyebrows should be raised here, but we can't say it surprises us at all.
Thu, Aug 2, 2012 09:32:00 AM

Chris Smith, the younger brother of guard J.R. Smith, has signed with the Knicks, the team announced Wednesday.

Smith, a shooting guard from Louisville, played for the Knicks' Summer League team in Las Vegas. With Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni ahead of him, Smith's road to the NBA is definitely blocked in New York. A source familiar with the situation said the Knicks acquired Smith so they could assign his rights to their D-League team, the Erie BayHawks.
Wed, Aug 1, 2012 06:14:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jose Calderon
2Shane Larkin
3Pablo Prigioni
SG1Iman Shumpert
2J.R. Smith
3Tim Hardaway Jr.
SF1Carmelo Anthony
2Cleanthony Early
PF1Amare Stoudemire
2Quincy Acy
3Andrea Bargnani
4Travis Wear
C1Samuel Dalembert
2Jason Smith
3Cole Aldrich