J.R. Smith’s younger brother, Chris Smith, is out of the NBA…at least for now. After all the hoopla and controversy that followed when the Knicks announced that they would include Chris Smith on the 15-man roster, the New York Knicks announced on Monday that J.R.’s younger brother has been assigned to their D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks.
Chris Smith played poorly in New York’s summer league team but was still guaranteed a roster spot — and it’s probably to keep J.R. happy. Even with Chris’ demotion, the Knicks won’t have an open roster spot and will still pay Smith his $490K salary.
In nine games, Smith has played in zero games and was inactive for eight of those nine games. His inclusion hurts the Knicks because they need to find a big man to help fill the void left when their center Tyson Chandler went down with a leg injury, and can’t do so until they cut someone to make room for the addition.