With the New York Knicks sitting back and watching how the rest of the NBA Playoffs finish up, it’s never too early to think about next season.
The first question that comes to mind is what exactly the Knicks should do with Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith after his struggles played a major role in why the Knicks season came to a quick end.
The Knicks appear to be interested in retaining Smith although money will play an issue. But while they would like to see J.R. back in a Knicks uniform, the same can’t be said for his brother Chris Smith.
The younger Smith had a decent showing during Summer League play and looked to be a candidate to make the Knicks roster coming out of training camp before suffering an injury. He did spend time with the Knicks D-League affiliate this season but according to Jared Zwerling at ESPNNewYork.com that’s all the Knicks view him as.
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 they almost certainly want to re-sign J.R. Many would thing that by giving the younger Smith a shot an NBA career may tempt J.R. to take less money, but that isn’t going to happen.
“One source said Chris Smith, J.R.’s younger brother, will not be considered,” writes Zwerling. “Chris is not an NBA player — not even close,” the source said. “He will never play for them.”
That’s not too much of a surprise as Smith never showed much of a glimpse of being a capable NBA point guard while in college at Louisville.
Many also believe that if weren’t for his older brother that Chris Smith wouldn’t have been given a shot in New York to begin with.
It’s also a good thing as the last thing the Knicks need right now is a project at the point guard spot.
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