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Knicks waive Chris Smith to make way for Jeremy Tyler, J.R. Smith ticked

Dec 30, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

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This was expected. It was also the smart basketball move.

The Knicks have waived little-used guard who is currently in the D-League Chris Smith — the brother of J.R. Smith — to make way for bringing back Jeremy Tyler. The Knicks need the help along the front line and Chris Smith is frankly of little if any use to this team. He was long seen as a guy signed to make J.R. and CAA (his agents) happy.

So what was J.R.’s reaction to his brother getting waived? To post this on Instagram:

Have fun dealing with this too, Mike Woodson.

Make no mistake, this is the right basketball move. Tyler got a partially guaranteed contract over the summer after he had a strong showing at the Las Vegas Summer League (he averaged 12.8 points on 56.8 percent shooting, plus 6.4 rebounds a game). Then he fractured his foot in workouts to get ready for training camp, had to have surgery and was going to be out 10 weeks or so, giving the Knicks reason to look elsewhere.

Now they need a spark and they may get something from Tyler. They were not going to get it from the younger Smith. BTW, Chris will get his full $490,180 this season, his contract was guaranteed.

  1. money2long - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    upon waiving chris smith, knicks inform him of a towel boy position opening .

    • spthegr8 - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      I bet the Knicks are Ticked that they gave him a new 3 yr 18 Million dollar contract and he is avg a pedestrian 12pts a game and shooting a dismal .351% from the field. Jr isnt LeBron, he doesn’t get to demand who is on the team. Not with a stat line like that. Just Saying”!!!

      • jimeejohnson - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        evil: better not follow this thread. It’ll make you say “wee-wee”. Happy New Year!

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      you talking about a guy with is going to the bank with close to 500k, so don’t hate.

      • money2long - Dec 31, 2013 at 2:47 AM

        how many millionaires can play basketball?

  2. money2long - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    “Chris will get his full $490,180 this season, his contract was guaranteed.”

    i think everyone wins here. no need for JR to be fully upset.

    • pfic15 - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      If he’s like his brother, he’s spent it all plus some already.

      • spthegr8 - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:39 PM


    • spthegr8 - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      Good point!!!

  3. csbanter - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Chris Smith can go sell state farm insurance. As for Tyler he must actually play meaningful NBA minutes for his signing to be viewed as necessary.

    • zoomy123 - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM


  4. RavenzGunnerz - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Given he history of this franchise, people like JR Smith is the least of what they need.

    Anything hot head is the least of what they need. But, well, this is NYK.

  5. 5xchamp24 - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    anyone with the transformer logo tattooed on their neck deserves not to be listened to anyway

  6. zerole00 - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Betrayal? The Knicks need all the help they can get at this point, and paying someone to play in the D-League isn’t helping the team.

  7. bbk1000 - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    He’d probably be riding the pine if he played for the Liberty….

  8. smcgaels1997 - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Who gives a crap what JR Smith thinks. Shut up and play ball

  9. spursareold - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    JR Smirh may be the biggest idiot to play NBA ball in the last decade. He’s shot himself in the foot so many times, he’s probably earned half of what he could have. He had about as much talent coming out of HS as Kobe, but never developed his game.

  10. mackcarrington - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    I’m sure all of J.R. Smith’s sycophantic fans share in his outrageous indignation.
    They ain’t showin the bro no respect!

  11. thomaskouns - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    This all stems from incompetent Knicks ownership – Dolan is sitting on a mine of riches and screwed it up year after year after year.

    The Knicks have 1) biggest market in the league 2) high grossing TV deal in the league 3) passionate fans hungry for success 4) a place great players should be flocking to in drives 5) list goes on and on and on…

    Rewarding nepotism which sends a bad message is only problem #36 in a host of worse incompetences in this horribly run franchise…

  12. 00maltliquor - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    This is deliciously hilarious! Loyalty?! Has he even played a single minute for the Knicks? I mean really, who else were they supposed to cut?? This just shows that he was only on there because of JR. If you really wanted him to stick then you should have played better JR! You aint got no clout now fool!

  13. marcusfitzhugh - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    The D League has three basic salaries. $25K, $19K, and $13K. No one earns $490K for playing in the D League, let alone one-third of a season in the D-League. By cutting him, NY did Chris a favor. Now he can take his $490K, go overseas, and play there. If he’s not good enough to make it on a team overseas, he can go back to school, graduate, and join the rest of us doing the 9 to 5.

    When you’re at the park playing ball, you pick your brother on your team because you don’t want to see him sitting there all afternoon. The NBA isn’t the park. JR did the next best thing and got his brother a half mil. I understand why he did it, but if baby bro simply can’t ball, he is out of NBA options.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      13k? Might as well be working a 9-5!

      • dinofrank60 - Dec 31, 2013 at 1:59 AM


  14. DonKellyBaby - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    JR Smith better take his brother on Maury. No way those two are related.

  15. metalhead65 - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    I am sure his little brother is devastated. what will he do with only close to $500,000 to show for never playing a minute in the NBA? quick somebody get a telethon organized to help this poor young man out and deal with his hard times.

  16. cantonbound13 - Dec 31, 2013 at 6:29 AM

    Get rid of JR next.

  17. scottychicago - Dec 31, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Trying to figure what is more stupid, JR demanding in his deal that his brother be on roster, or the Knicks giving it to him. 18 million wasn’t enough?

  18. nokoolaidcowboy - Dec 31, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    The fact that JR would post his feelings (right or wrong) publicly speaks volumes about his maturity. His brother just wasn’t good enough to keep his spot, and JR is doing him no favors posting his indignation at what is a logical move. He would do better helping his brother workout during the off season.

  19. 950003cups - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    JR is a baby brat. They said he once took too many shots, so he decides to not shoot at all the next game. He takes goes 2 for 17 at the 3pt line and tweets “haha, ima do it again” The same guy who was playing great until he got suspended and couldn’t shake it off. That’s what is referred to as “Washed Up”

    The real JR came out this year when his contract was signed. Once he stopped caring about winning, you can see what he’s made of.

  20. caeser12 - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Hey J.R., we’re “ticked” about you taking 234 shots, to get 219 points.

    Thanks Dolan, ruining the Knicks, and the Billion Dollar Comedy Club, formerly known as Madison Square Garden, since 1994. Good thing they still play College, and High School ball there, so those who still love hoops, have something to watch.

    Go NY.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Go f+ck yourself.

      • jimeejohnson - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:38 PM


  21. azarkhan - Dec 31, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Why only throw out half the garbage? Get rid of the other half while you’re at it, cut JR Smith.

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