March 24, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Chris Smith (5) dribbles while being defended by Florida Gators guard Erving Walker (11) during the second half in the finals of the west region of the 2012 NCAA men

New York Knicks to Sign J.R. Smith's Brother Chris

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The New York Knicks are expected to offer a contract to current Knick J.R. Smith’s younger brother Chris.

ESPN’s Jared Zwerling reports that while the deal isn’t official, it is confirmed.

 

July 19, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Toronto Raptors center Daniel Orton (33) guards New York Knicks guard Chris Smith (44) in the second half of the game at the Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The contract will likely earn the younger Smith an invite to training camp, but  I wouldn’t  imagine there’s much 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.

He wasn’t very impressive in Vegas, averaging 5.2 PPG on .290/.375/.625 shooting and despite the contract, Smith appears to be a long shot to earn a spot on the Knicks’ regular season roster, but is someone the Knicks can sign and send to the D-League for a year, which is what will likely happen.

 

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