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Knicks Sign Chris Smith

9:55pm: The deal is for two years and is partially guaranteed, reports Newsday's Al Iannazzone (Sulia link; hat tip to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com).

3:57pm: The Knicks have officially signed Smith, the team announced today in a press release.

1:43pm: The Knicks likely acquired Smith in order to assign his rights to their D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, a source tells Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com.

11:49am: The Knicks have agreed to sign Chris Smith, J.R. Smith's younger brother, to a contract, according to Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com, who says the deal isn't official yet but should be finalized soon (Twitter links). Marc Berman of the New York Post tweets that the contract will earn the younger Smith an invite to training camp, though I'd imagine there's very little guaranteed money included.

Smith, 24, averaged 9.7 points per game in his senior year at Louisville and played for the Knicks' Summer League squad in Las Vegas in July. His numbers in Vegas weren't too impressive (5.2 PPG on .290/.375/.625 shooting) and he appears to be a long shot to earn a spot on the Knicks' regular season roster.

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9 thoughts on “Knicks Sign Chris Smith

  1. Robert Reese

    I like it, this is the first time two brother play on the same NBA team

  2. Jeff Altman

    The Van Arsdale twins played together in Phoenix at the end of their careers.

  3. Robert Reese

    OK thank Jeff good to know

  4. Myles W Henry

    I know its off the topic but have a question for my fellow knick fans if yhe knicks can pull it off who would you guys rather the knicks bring in now k-mart or josh howard

    • Dan Cohn

      kenyon martin would be a good fit for some defense and rebounding and he has a decent mid-range jumper and he is familiar with some of the guys on the team from his denver days he provides some toughness the knicks have been lacking the past few seasons…

    • Harris K.

      Kenyon Martin actually fills a need as a backup PF and he adds even more toughness off the bench. Howard would have made some sense before they signed Ronnie Brewer, but the Knicks have no need or playing time for Howard now.

    • Dan Cohn

      K-MART FOR THE INTERIOR DEFENSE AND REBOUNDING AND A DECENT BACKUP TO STOUDEMIRE.

  5. Robert Reese

    I think the Knicks did great deed by signing Chris Smith,because if nothing else he can bring the best out of his brother, K-mart & Josh Howard always been problem to team that’s why they looking for jobs now,

  6. Dan Cohn

    THIS MOVE JUST BAFFLES ME OK I GET THE FACT THAT THEY WOULD DO THIS AS PART OF J.R. SMITH SIGNING A LIGHT CONTRACT TO STAY WITH THE KNICKS WHEN HE COULD HAVE TRIPLED THAT MONEY SOMEWHERE ELSE BUT WE NEED TO LOOK AT A COUPLE OF THESE BENCH RIDERS ON THIS TEAM AND MAYBE RELEASE A COUPLE OF THESE GUYS AND BRING IN A BACKUP FOR AMARE BECAUSE HE IS SO INJURY PRONE AND HASNT MADE A FULL SEASON YET AS A KNICK AND HAS BEEN BANGED UP FOR BOTH PLAYOFF RUNS I CANT BELIEVE THE KNICKS CANT FIND A WAY TO SIGN A GUY LIKE KENYON MARTIN SO WE KNOW WE HAVE A SOLID BACKUP FOR STAT WE HAVE WAY TO MANY GUARDS ON THIS TEAM NOW 3 PG AND 4 SG WE REALLY NEED MORE HELP UP FRONT CONSIDERING THAT WE HAVE SOME AGE AND INJURY ISSUES WITH OUR BIGS I JUST CANT FIGURE THIS TEAM OUT SOMETIMES MANAGEMENT IS ENOUGH TO DRIVE YOU NUTS I JUST HOPE THAT THEY CAN FIND A WAY TO DO THE RIGHT THING HERE AND GET THAT BACK UP POWER FOWARD!!!!!!!…

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