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Report: Knicks want J.R. Smith back, but his brother Chris… not so much

May 27, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

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Last season Chris Smith — the brother of Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith — spent time with the Knicks D-League affiliate.

The Knicks may want to add a more athletic, explosive point guard this summer (even if they keep both Pablo Prigioni and Jason Kidd) and the Knicks certainly want to re-sign free agent J.R. Smith. So signing Chris Smith could help with both those things, at least in theory, right.

Not going to happen, reports Jared Zwerling at

One source said Chris Smith, J.R.’s younger brother, will not be considered.

“Chris is not an NBA player — not even close,” the source said. “He will never play for them.”

Outside re-signing J.R. Smith, the Knicks will be limited in what they can do this summer with free agents, essentially able only to sign guys with the mini taxpayers midlevel exception (around $3.2 million, the league has not set the official figures yet) and bring in minimum guys.

(The Knicks have J.R. Smith’s early Bird rights, meaning they can offer a contract just above the league average salary, likely around $5.5 million, for at least two and as many as four years. If another team came over the top with a larger offer, the Knicks could not match. However, Smith has said he wants to stay a Knick and New York wants him back).

Chris Smith recently switched agents over to CAA, his brother’s firm. J.R. might like to have his brother on the team, and CAA might push it, but it sounds like that is not going to happen.

Chris, of course, doesn’t see it that way.

  1. barkley4life - May 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    20+ mil for a Shooting guard who shoots barely above 40% liability on defense and has a low basketball IQ. Real contenders don’t keep guys like Smith around.

    • money2long - May 27, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      you know what, i bet popovich wouldn’t mind adding jr to the roster if you think about the strong locker room, coaching staff and the direction he is taking his spurs as far as youth/athleticism go. don’t judge the player, judge the system he’s in. it’s conducive to how a player performs.

      • genericcommenter - May 28, 2013 at 1:23 AM

        Considering his whole team can actually shoot, I imagine he would want a shooting guard to be able to shoot, also.

    • money2long - May 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      i like how it took one postseason (a few weeks) for guys to get amnesia.

    • cmehustle - May 27, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      I think he’s got value. The problem is what he thinks of himself. If he thinks he’s worth more than 5 mil a year I think he’s sadly overrated himself.

      • money2long - May 27, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        the guy boards pretty well for a 2 guard, has size, athleticism, plays some D . 5 mil can’t be “sadly overrating” one self with those qualities. especially when you add in the fact he’s capable of 25+ point nights. i just think guys want to think of him as an idiot. so they slight his game. talent wise, my point is 5 mil annually can’t be “sad” .

  2. money2long - May 27, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    it’s crazy to think how good nba players are. chris smith may not be thought of as nba material by higher ups in management, but he could probably go to any basketball court on the streets and bust AZZ

    • patfic15 - May 27, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      I could beat Kendrick Perkins.

  3. NotoriousKDV - May 27, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    J.R. Smith can’t be your 2nd option on offense if you want to go anywhere in the playoffs. I know that it was supposed to be Amare and obviously that didn’t work out(and honestly I don’t think it would have worked out even if he was healthy) but they have to figure out how to be more creative than J.R. Smith as their number 2 guy. So I would take a wait and see approach with re-signing J.R. and at least see what else is out there in free agency before I bring back J.R. It may turn out that there isn’t a better option available and they’ll get stuck with J.R. but at least see what’s out there first.

  4. barkley4life - May 27, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    You think this postseason is a referendum on JR Smith? Lmao did you forget he played for Denver? It’s funny how one ok year(where he got the sixth man award because he’s in NY) now he’s great. Pop wouldn’t touch Smith. His ball IQ is TERRIBLE. He was masked all year because the Knicks were able to ride their hot start but they were a flawed overrated team.

    • jolink653 - May 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      He got the Sixth Man Award because he was the best 6th man in the game this season, not because he was in New York, and he earned it…He’s not expected to have a high basketball IQ either because he’s a scorer, and everyone who watches the game knows that’s his role…He’s not there to create for others, rebound the ball, block shots, or anything else other than taking the ball and putting it in the basket…He averaged almost 20 points per game, and he’s there to complement Carmelo when Carmelo has to sit or they need an extra scoring punch

  5. cmehustle - May 27, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Sorry, I meant to put that on PFT not PBT.

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